Durst Fetner’s giant white 750-apartment pyramid on the West Side is one step closer to reality.
The Bjarke Ingels-designed residential megalith planned for 625 West 57th Street got the OK from the City Council this afternoon, Crain’s reported.
To appease local council members, Durst Fetner pledged to add 20 new affordable apartments to the 32-story rental complex for a total of 170 units. The firm also promised to put $1 million in a city-run fund to encourage affordable housing development in the area.
The twisty, peaked shape of the building was designed to combine the open space of a European-style perimeter block with the awe-inducing views of a quintessential Manhattan high-rise. The courtyard will create vistas of the Hudson River without blocking the view of the adjacent Helena apartment tower at 601 West 57th Street.
Durst Fetner is also converting a self-storage building on West 58th Street and 11th Avenue into 100 apartments. The “adaptively reused” building will be composed of 20 percent affordable units and 80 percent market-rate units, according to Crain’s.