625 West 57th Street (VIA 57West)

Location:New York, NY
Architect:Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (Design) / SLCE Architects (AOR)
Client:Durst Fetner Residential

This unique tetrahedron-shaped building, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, is a dramatic addition to Manhattan’s skyline. Natural light, views, plants and moving water are integral components of VIA’s design aesthetic. The building facilitates indoor/outdoor living, with terraces and balconies throughout. VIA’s Garden courtyard, planted with 47 native species, opens toward the Hudson River. Among the project’s numerous awards: 2017 ACEC Excellence in Engineering National Award; and 2016 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award - Americas.

Vidaris served as the façade consultant, retained for design assistance on aspects of the undulating exterior wall, with its high performance glass and aluminum spandrel which transitions into a stainless steel curtainwall skin on sloped roof.

Vidaris’ sustainability team provided beyond-LEED advanced materials research, vetting materials for their environmental health impact. It conducted manufacturer outreach, reviewed emissions reports, wrote green specs and helped the design team select safer products.

Vidaris’ energy modeling demonstrated a 19% cost reduction and 17.5% reduction in carbon emissions relative to the Energy Code baseline.

During construction Vidaris performed inspections. In addition, Vidaris’ sister company, LPI, Inc., provided engineering evaluation of the stud and anchor welds for the sloped wall embedded assemblies, based on visual, magnetic particle and ultrasonic examinations.


Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

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