VIA 57 West, the award-winning, pyramid-shaped residential building overlooking the Hudson River in New York City’s (NYC) Midtown West area, was recently bestowed with a new honor: Emporis’ Best New Skyscraper for 2016. The striking 34-story building, designed by Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, was selected by a panel of judges who considered a pool of more than 700 eligible skyscrapers: buildings completed in 2016 and standing at least 100 m tall. VIA 57 West had previously been honored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as its 2016 Best Tall Building, Americas Region (ELEVATOR WORLD, February 2017).
Emporis, an international database of information about building and construction projects based in Germany, has been presenting the Emporis Skyscraper Award since 2000. With its jury of international architecture experts, the award is considered the premier prize for high-rise architecture. Buildings are judged according to aesthetic and functional design criteria.
VIA 57 West was recognized for its shape, considered a groundbreaking design. “It’s impressive how the architect rethinks the whole idea of a skyscraper,” one judge said. “The building is a fantastic addition to the New York skyline.”