This starchitect-designed luxury apartment building was just crowned best new skyscraper in the world — look inside

A view of Via 57 West from the Hudson River.

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A view of Via 57 West from the Hudson River.
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  • Manhattan’s Via 57 West is a luxury residential building that just won the Emporis Skyscraper Award.
  • It was designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
  • Built with sustainability in mind, the building recycles 60,000 gallons of water a day and was built using responsibly forested wood.

This week, Via 57 West, a luxury residential building designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, was announced as the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award, the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture.

The unique pyramid-like building, with a 22,000-square-foot sloping courtyard in its center and floor-to-ceiling windows, has been capturing the attention of architecture fans since renderings were first revealed in 2009.

The building, which has a total 709 units, was built with sustainability in mind. The energy-efficient building recycles 60,000 gallons of water a day, and it was built using responsibly forested wood. Not to mention, with 178 different floor plans, there’s a fit for any type of living situation.

Units have been on the rental market since March 2016, except for the building’s 142 affordable housing units, which range from $565 for a studio to $1,067 for a three-bedroom apartment and were filled via a lottery in late 2015. Average prices for the market-rate apartments range from $2,770 for a studio to $16,500 a month for a four-bedroom apartment.

Last year, Business Insider got to peek inside five different units, each with a unique floor plan. We were in awe with what we saw.


APARTMENT #1, two-bedroom, two-bath: This particular unit was listed for $7,200 per month and is 1,024 square feet.

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Thanks to the building’s tetrahedron-like design, some of the apartments are lucky enough to have not one, but two balconies. Here, the smaller room of this two-bedroom apartment leads out to a patio space.

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The master bedroom is separated by a small hallway.

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The kitchens are built with Italian wood cabinetry.

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All of the bathrooms have herringbone-patterned white tiles — a nod to the overall crisscross design of the building. No matter the size of the apartment, the bathrooms are pretty spacious.

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APARTMENT #2, studio: The lowest price point we saw was a 426-square-foot studio.

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This unit was listed for $2,900 per month.

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Energy Star packages featuring GE, Blomberg, and Bosch appliances are available to all units. As an added bonus, each unit has a dishwasher and a washer and dryer, a rare luxury in New York City.

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APARTMENT #3, one-bedroom: This unit is perfect for someone who likes to host.

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At 754 square feet, the apartment has a dining area separate from the living room.

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The unit was listed for $4,600 per month.

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APARTMENT #4, alcove studio: This apartment has a cozy, enclosed study — perfect for a home office setup.

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The space is 645 square feet, with a breakfast bar.

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The alcoved bedroom portion of the studio is neatly tucked away, creating a separation between the common living space.

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This particular unit was listed for $3,800 per month.

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APARTMENT #5, one-bedroom: This true one-bedroom has both a breakfast bar in the kitchen area…

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…as well as a space for a table on the other side of the living room.

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All kitchens are built with the pure white caesarstone countertopsand backsplashes.

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The bedroom is spacious, and the entire apartment is 773 square feet.

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This particular unit was listed for $4,000 per month.

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There are also various amenities in the building, including a swimming pool, screening room, outdoor lounges, indoor putting green, basketball court, a poker room, and more.

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