As Manhattan real estate becomes increasingly limited and increasingly pricey, architects are finding creative ways to incorporate green space into the city. This new design from Bjarke Ingels Group does just that by wrapping outdoor terraces around the exterior of a 1000-foot office building.
The so-called Spiral is being planned around the Hudson Yards development, which will use an artificial foundation to construct a new neighborhood over a functioning train yard. The tower will be located just beyond the northern end of the High Line, and as the group’s founding partner Bjarke Ingels said in a video for the project, "... the linear park will appear to carry through into the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green spaces, extending the High Line to the skyline."
Instead of providing luxurious penthouses to Manhattan’s mega-rich, the 65-story skyscraper is being built exclusively for office and retail use. Every floor above the building’s six-story base will feature an outdoor terrace, creating, as Ingels told Architect’s Newspaper, "hanging gardens and cascading atria" connecting in a single helix that hugs the length of the building.
This isn't the first time Ingels has integrated green space in one of his designs. A residential pyramid he designed for New York's 57th Street is close to completion, and it features a courtyard tucked away in its interior. When finished, the Spiral will contain 2.85 million square feet of floor space and its footprint will encompass a city block.
Images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group.