The Unlikely Rise of Danish Architecture

Architect Bjarke Ingels wants to go higher.
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Architect Bjarke Ingels wants to go higher.

In his homeland of Denmark, he’s created mountain-shaped apartment buildings, designed an energy plant that doubles as a ski slope, and won the competition to design the Lego House experience center. Now Bjarke Ingels is bringing his topsy-turvy vision to Manhattan’s West Side with W57. Set to open this year, the 750-unit apartment building by Ingels’ design group, BIG, will tweak the city’s skyline. A laid-back answer to the typical skyscraper, the tetrahedron will dip in three corners and

surround a massive interior courtyard, opening up the views and letting in tons of light. So while the unusual shape sets it apart, the building still manages to fit seamlessly into its surroundings.

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