Foundation work continues at BIG’s Pyramid, located at 625 West 57th Street. The enormous site stretches for nearly the entire block, and will enliven the vicinity accordingly, promising a total of 753 new residences, in addition to ground-floor retail. Future residents will also benefit from the structure’s unique form, which will incorporate an abundance of terraces, filled with greenery; the only vague comparison currently under construction is the Witkoff Group’s 150 Charles Street, which – unlike the Pyramid – will be targeted towards the super-rich.
The word ‘skyscraper’ probably shouldn’t be used for Bjarke Ingels’ creation, which will break the traditional high-rise mold in more ways than one; ‘habitat’ would be a better adjective, harkening to the similarly transformative and innovative Habitat 67 in Montreal. Indeed, the project is named ‘The Pyramid,’ though it will be an extremely modern take on the Egyptian classic. The impact of 625 West 57th Street’s construction may very well be far-reaching; assuming the project is successful, its design could easily be mimicked and replicated, potentially heralding a new era of ecologically-considerate construction in New York City.