Obsessive tracking of the 709-unit rental building rising along the West Side Highway at 57th Street is entirely justified. Because a) it's Danish star architect Bjarke Ingels's first major New York City project, b) it's a pretty major neighborhood gamechanger, seeing as how it'll have loads of apartments, and 20 percent of them will be affordable, and c) it's shaped like a freakin' pyramid. (Err, well, developer Douglas Durst prefers the geometrically accurate descriptor tetrahedron, if we're splitting hairs.) Anyway, the Magic Mountain has started to sprout part of its curtain wall, as documented by BuzzBuzzHome, and it's topping out today to boot. (Note: the photos are a few days old. Please send any shot today to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Bonus: since Durst just scored a $411.5 million construction loan, it's likely that work will continue on pace. The building will include retail space, an indoor pool, basketball court, golf simulator, screening room, and a 25,000-square-foot indoor park tucked into the facade. When complete, market-rate rents for apartments on the upper floors of the 43-story tower could reach $90 per square foot.
· Wells Fargo and BNY Mellon Lead $412M Loan for Durst West Side Rental [NYO]
· Curtain wall rising at Bjarke Ingels' not-a-pyramid at 625 West 57th Street [BBH]
· Bjarke Ingels' Pyramid of Apartments Continues to Rise [Curbed]
· All 625 West 57th coverage [Curbed]