Construction Update: Bjarke Ingels’ Tetrahedral 625 West 57th Street

625 West 57th Street625 West 57th Street, photo by Tectonic

The BIG-designed 625 West 57th Street is finally nearing its parapet, several months after reports the structure had topped-out, despite the fact that the tetrahedron was still missing its uppermost point. While concrete pouring was apparently wrapping up then, steel has continued to rise, and the final bits and pieces are now falling into place, per the latest photos from YIMBY reader Tectonic.

625 West 57th Street is being developed by Durst, and the 467-foot tall building will have 709 rental units. With 32 floors, the project offers a unique take on what it is that defines high-rise architecture, and incorporates outdoor space into many more units than would otherwise be possible with its “courtscraper” design.

625 West 57th Street

625 West 57th Street, photo by Tectonic

Façade installation also seems to be picking up, with the first bits now arriving for the building’s southern walls.

The tower is Bjarke Ingels first major work in New York City, but not his last, and the architect is already designing another project at 146 East 126th Street in Harlem, under development by Blumenfeld Development Group. That will be much smaller in scope and likely lower in profile than his addition to the Hudson River waterfront.

625 West 57th Street

625 West 57th Street, photo by Tectonic

Durst is also developing another building next door, at 600 West 58th Street, though that 11-story project will only have 120 units.

Completion for 625 West 57th Street is expected in the fall of 2015.

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