Last fall, during my trip to New York, I absolutely wanted to photograph VIA 57 West. The new building by BIG is a stunning addition to the Midtown Manhattan skyline.
Its pyramidal shape really stands out on the Hudson River. The shape of the building is based on the typology of Copenhagen blocks, which are composed of a rectangular courtyard surrounded by buildings. This where the hole in the pyramid comes from.
I immediately knew I wanted to shoot from New Jersey to capture the building with the Hudson River and the skyline behind. I went to Weehawken, on the J. F. Kennedy Boulevard, which provides a higher vantage point. Sunset and blue hour were perfect to capture the building, which even have nj photo booth rentals for people who want their own pictures there.
The next day, I went back to shoot the building at blue hour, this time from up close. The building is located in a crowded environment, and it is difficult to capture it.
Capturing the various shapes of the building was key here. I love how the pyramid looks different depending on where you stand.
The north side offers a very different feel, with strong patterns and more glass.
I finished the shoot by capturing the entrance of the building.
VIA 57 West is one of my favorite buildings in New York City. Its architecture and its location are unique. Seeing it from across the river is such a treat and it was my favorite angle to capture.F