Durst Organization will not target LEED accreditation for Bjarke Ingels-designed West 27 in New York

Concept designs were released in February 2012 for Bjarke Ingels Group’s West 57 residential project for New York developer The Durst Organization. News now comes from the Wall Street Journal that the well-known sustainable developer will not be targeting LEED for the project - a recognised symbol of green design.

It is thought that the firm wishes to be more innovative with its residential scheme rather than sticking to a predetermined ‘checklist’ administered by LEED. The Wall Street Journal quotes Durst Organization’s chairman Douglas Durst as saying: “We found [the LEED system] to be a little confining. There are things we want to do that don’t give us a benefit under LEED.”

Of his concept for the angular yet elegant residential building, Bjarke Ingels, Founder of BIG explains: “The building is conceived as a cross breed between the Copenhagen courtyard and the New York skyscraper. The communal intimacy of the central urban oasis meets the efficiency, density and panoramic views of the tall tower in a new hybrid typology. The courtyard is to architecture what Central Park is to urbanism: a giant green garden surrounded by a dense wall of spaces for living.”

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