Setback for BIG's Angular NYC Premier

Citing a lack of affordable housing, a Manhattan Community Board has sent architecture's hot young firm, Denmark-base Bjarke Ingels Group (aka BIG), back to the drawing board to amend the design for their premier New York project.
September 13, 2012, 12pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Matt Chaban delivers the details on an early, but by no means final, obstacle for one of New York's most anticipated new projects. Although Community Board 4 had kind things to say about the project, "the full board voted unanimously against Durst Fenter's new apartment building on the far West Side last night. One of the most dynamic designs of the decade, 625 West 57th Street calls for a swooping white pyramid that rises dramatically up from the Hudson like an origami dove taking flight."

While complaints centered on making the affordable housing available in perpetuity, concerns were also raised about parking, the 58th street facade's appearance, and the program for a proposed community facility.  

"The board's vote is merely provisional," notes Chaban, "though it will be given considerable consideration from officials down the line as they cast their vote for or against the project throughout the rest of the months-long public review process." 

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Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012 in The New York Observer
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