The Spiral New York or a look-alike version of MahaNakhon in New York? I am not trying to influence you, you will have to judge by yourself. All I am saying is that the first time I saw the renderings for The Spiral I was thinking about MahaNakhon, which by the way is designed by Ole Scheeren. Bjarke Ingels, a Danish architect, has come out with a design which looks somewhat similar to MahaNakhon. It is not a copy but the spiralling outdoor terraces are part of both developments. There is no denying that both MahaNakhon and The Spiral have the spiral form in common.
Another weird thing – and now it is starting to get really interesting – is that both Ole Scheeren and Bjarke Ingels have been working for OMA in the past (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, founded by Rem Koolhaas).
• The Spiral New York is on FACEBOOK
The spiral will be a 65-storey tower while MahaNakhon, which by the way is completed, stands 77 stories tall. MahaNakhon has a height of 314 m while The Spiral will be almost as tall, and will, once completed, be standing at 306 m. We are talking about two towers with basically the same shape and similar height. In addition, they have the spiral form in common. Holy mackerel!
Enough talk about The Spiral vs. MahaNahkon. Let’s focus on The Spiral, which is an interesting building indeed, and let’s talk about Bjarke Ingels and his design company called BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).
The Spiral is an office development being developed by Tishman Speyer. It is a 306 m (1,005 foot) tall office tower to be constructed in the rapidly developing Hudson Yards district of Manhattan’s Midtown West. The tower will comprise 2.85 million square feet, incorporating 65 stories and 27,000 square feet of first-class retail.
• Developer: Tishman Speyer
• Tishman Speyer is on Wikipedia
• Tishman Speyer’s involvement in the Rockefeller Center
• 30 Hudson Yards
A cascading series of landscaped terraces and hanging gardens will define the signature building with readily accessible outdoor space catering to a dynamic, mixed-use urban community. Located on Hudson Boulevard at the northern tip of the High Line elevated park, The Spiral will occupy an entire city block between 34th and 35th Streets at the heart of Hudson Yards, New York City’s fastest-growing neighborhood.
Bjarke Ingels or Bjarke Bundgaard Ingels is a Danish architect born 2 October 1974. He is the founder of Bjarke Ingels Group. This is indeed a large group of people as BIG is led by 12 partners. In Denmark he is known for designing some projects in Ørestad. As we all know, all the ‘big’ architects in the world will sooner or later want to design something interesting in New York, this is probably the city where Bjarke Ingels has achieved fame on a global scale. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere….
I am quite certain that Bjarke Ingels is better known in the USA than he is in Denmark, the land known for the Law of Jante (never think you are anything special). Anyway we will start spreading the news about Bjarke Ingels. Ingels is not by chance related to the Ingalls family? I was thinking about the Little House on the Prairie when I first heard about this famous architect. Who cares about Ingels vs. Ingalls? Anyway it seems that Bjarke Ingels is among the 100 most influential people in the world. Quite an honor. We will be keeping an eye on this fella….
Other projects by BIG:
Relevant Online Information:
• The Wall Street Journal
• The 100 Most Influential People [TIME]
• The 100 Most Influential People [dezeen]
• Just Dont Ask Him To Sign The Paperwork [The Real Deal]
• MahaNakhon vs The Spiral [ARCHIX]
• An office tower wrapped in spiraling sky gardens [mnn]
Spiral shapes appear in nature as the inevitable result of dynamic forces applied to matter.
That’s why we find spirals all over the universe, from the construction of galaxies to the threads of human DNA. But it’s the spiral’s immaculate geometry and the suggestion of the infinite that has mesmerized us in all cultures across time and place.
In 1916, in New York, another force, the voice of the people, was being applied to the growing city. Their demand for daylight at street level was requiring the buildings to step back as they reach towards the sky. And so, the New York skyscraper was born.
On Manhattan’s West Side, we bring together the spiral form and the New York skyscraper to create The Spiral, a new tower that stands out amongst its neighbours, yet feels completely at home.
The Spiral will punctuate the northern end of the High Line, and the linear park will appear to carry through into the spiral of the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green spaces, extending the High Line into the skyline. A building designed for the people that occupy it, The Spire ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted work space. And of course these majestic views of the surrounding city.
Published 12 October 2016