Via57 West is an eco-friendly luxury apartment next to the Hudson RiverWhen Bjarke Ingels Group started designing the Via 57 West Pyramid shaped luxury residence for the Dust Organization they had plans to obtain an LEED Gold certification from the USGBC. From everything I have researched, it does not appear that this plan has come to fruition.

However, that doesn’t mean the dynamic pyramid shaped building is not an eco-friendly luxury apartment. For starters, the builders used FSC certified would in the construction process. The building has an on-site water filtration system that recycles about 60,000 gallons of water each day. The indoor air quality is run through a demand controlled ventilation system. The common areas of the building are equipped with motion sensor lighting. The building design allows for the rainwater to be collected and re-used for irrigation purposes. Each unit is equipped with energy star rated appliances, low-flow water fixtures, and FSC certified wood cabinets. The exterior glass facade maximizes the natural light, and is non-reflective which helps prevent birds from flying into the building. The 22,000sqft courtyard has over 80 newly planted trees and bushes, and has 47 different species of plants.

Bjarke Ingels Group does have a completed LEED Gold certified construction over in Philadelphia. It is a 92,000 square foot office building in the Navy Yard. The left side of the 4 story office building is curved, and extends outward from the ground to the roof, sort of like the shape of a ship. The other 3 walls are perpendicular to the ground. The really cool part about the office building, which we learned from Archdaily.com, is the elevator lobby that acts as an actual periscope. Looking up from the bottom floor, you can see the ships at the docks adjacent to the building.