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WeWork taps Bjarke Ingels to be its first “chief architect”

In Manhattan, there are two things we keep seeing everywhere: WeWork and Bjarke Ingels. From its signature coworking office spaces to an elementary school, WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann seems intent on infiltrating every aspect of people’s lives. According to WeWork’s blog, the plan “starts with every space for every member and scales to every building in every city.” Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is also cropping up around NYC (quite literally as the BIG U will encircle downtown Manhattan) as well as VIA 57 West, Two World Trade, 40th Precinct Police Station, the Spiral at Hudson Yards, and the Eleventh. With all of this in mind, it seems inevitable that the two would team up for dual domination: WeWork has hired Ingels as its first “chief architect.” Ingels will continue to lead his offices out of Copenhagen and London as he creates more WeWork spaces. “WeWork was founded at the exact same time as when I had arrived to New York. In that short amount of time – the blink of an eye at the time scale of architecture–they have accomplished incredible things and they are committed to continuing their trajectory to places we can only imagine. WeWork’s commitment to community and culturally driven development is perfectly aligned with our active, social and environmental agendas. As WeWork takes on larger and more holistic urban and architectural challenges, I am very excited to contribute with my insights and ideas to extend their community-oriented vision to ground-up buildings and urban neighborhoods,” Ingels said in a statement. His first task will be to transform the former Lord & Taylor building into WeWork’s new headquarters. He is also working on the aforementioned school, WeGrow. As Fast Company reported, Neumann and Ingels have a shared, confident vision:
“I [Neumann] said, ‘Give me your favorite building.’ “He [Ingels] said, ‘I don’t have one favorite building because of the design-by-committee situation. I get one or three amazing original ideas that I’ve been working on for a decade in a building, but there were seven other ideas that were not exactly mine.’ “I said, ‘I want all your best ideas in one building.’ “He said, ‘If someone actually allowed me to do it, I could design the perfect office building or perfect residential building.’ “I said, ‘Perfect, that’s a big word.’ “He said, ‘No one’s ever given me a shot.'”
Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
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See Iwan Baan’s stunning photos of BIG’s Via 57 West

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)'s Via 57 West seems to have already assumed an iconic status on Manhattan's west side. Look no further than the trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange which—in addition to having 15 million views—prominently features the rental development in its opening setting shot. Tenants began moving into the building this past March; units range from studios to four bedrooms. Bounded by 12th Aveneu, West 57th Street, and West 58th Street, the development features a new pedestrian passageway that runs from north to south on the building's eastern border. (Just next door is FXFOWLE's The Helena; both the Helena and Via 57 are Durst Organization projects.) Residents primarily enter from the southeastern corner, and 45,000 square feet of retail space is spread across the ground floor. The building's interior courtyard is modeled on the proportions of Central Park; it features a path through a meandering garden that culminates in an open, tree-shaded plaza. As BIG's diagrams in the slideshow reveal, the building is a hybrid of a European-style low-rise courtyard building and a tower-and-pedestal typology. The building dramatically rises to 467 feet at its peak. A special system of rails, see at the edges of the building, will enable workers to clean Via 57's curved aluminum cladding. The building's amenities (including an extensive lounge, poker room, children's playroom, basketball court, swimming pool, gym, screening room, and parking) are located on the lower floors, absorbing the loudest ambient noise generated by the nearby West Side Highway.