50 West Street is a 735-foot high residential tower with 191 condominiums located in lower Manhattan in New York City. The tower’s small footprint combined with its height creates a very dramatic and slender shape. At its base, the tower slopes inward to form a generous public plaza that leads to a new bridge spanning West Street.
The sloped top at Level 64 is a unique and recognizable feature on the city’s skyline. The edge of the top is sharp and crisp, reinforced with a concrete ring beam, illuminated at night to form a glowing silhouette. The outdoor recreational area and adjoining lounge look southward through an open sky window offering spectacular views towards lower Manhattan and beyond. The tower’s shaft houses 3 to 4 apartments per floor and in the lower tier, the apartments have two story living rooms, which bring more interest and transparency to the façade. The Main Amenity Floor is on Level 5 and has a film screening room, lounge, library, game room and conference facility. The Health Club is located directly below on Level 4, and a 3 lane 20 yard swimming pool has been built in the Lower Level beneath the Main Lobby.
50 West is sleek and transparent – it has a crisp and special façade with a highly recognizable top and high quality public spaces. The curved glass corners and distinctive top give the building a highly refined, sculptural character that is a striking addition to the lower Manhattan skyline.
A few sustainable features include operable windows installed in every unit, "smart" cooling/heating systems, "smart" lighting to common spaces, and a green terrace overlooking Lower Manhattan on the 64th Floor
Through the specification of efficient HVAC systems and carefully selected glazing, 50 West street reduced energy use by 17% as compared to an ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline building. Iterative energy modeling was conducted throughout design to determine optimal systems and control strategies for the project.
No on-site renewable generation
The building is not able to get a Target Finder score or 2030 Challenge Target because the tools do not support the primary building type of the project building.
Located in downtown Manhattan, 50 West street is in close proximity to world-class transit and community amenities. Residents are within a 5-minute walk of the 1, N, R, and W Trains at Rector Street, the 4 and 5 Trains at Wall Street, and the J and Z Trains at Broad street.
No on-site parking provided
a. WalkScore rating
To conserve potable water, 50 West first looked to reduce demand through the specification of low-flow plumbing fixtures. The use of WaterSense labeled, low-flow plumbing fixtures reduced indoor water use by 28% over the EPA Baseline. By capturing rainwater falling on the buildings roofs and terraces, 50 West street eliminated the use of potable water for irrigation, meeting 100% of the annual irrigation demand using a 7,000-gallon stormwater retention tank located on level 6.
To relieve the burden placed on NYC’s municipal combined sewer system, 50 West has been designed with storm detention tanks capable of capturing 100% of the site runoff resulting from the 2-year, 24-hour design storm. By doing so, 50 West will help prevent combined sewer overflows that dump waste into New York’s waterways.
a. Percent (%) precipitation managed on site
b. Percent (%) waste water reused on site
Captured waste water will be used to offset the entirety of the project’s irrigation demand. The remainder of the captured stormwater will be released back to NYC sewers at the rate mandated by the NYC DEP.
c. Predicted annual regulated potable water use, gallons/sf/yr
13.5 gal/ft²/yr (7,089,810 gallons total fixture water use)
d. Percent (%) regulated potable water reduction from baseline
28% reduction in fixture water use
• Over 75% of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfills
• 12% of materials used in the project (by cost) are recycled.
• To enhance indoor air quality, all finish flooring surfaces used in the project are certified low-emitting through CRI Green Label or FloorScore.
• No materials containing added urea-formaldehyde resins or adhesives were used in the project.
• Over 90% of regularly occupied spaces in the building provide direct views to the outdoors.
• Building personnel will follow green cleaning, organic landscaping, and integrated pest management plans to limit occupant exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides.