BY KRYSTYN GATTO
ULI New York’s Women’s Leadership Initiative kicked off their 2016 calendar this past Wednesday with a networking event at the new Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) offices in the Financial District. Wednesday’s event brought together 50 of New York’s current and future leaders in the real estate industry as well as many of the talented women at BIG architects.
Throughout the evening, the group was able to hear more about BIG’s growth since 2005 as well as some of their key projects in the New York market including their first, VIA West 57th located on 57th Street and 11th Avenue. This Durst project was an opportunity for BIG to make its mark on the Manhattan waterfront, bringing the influence of a Copenhagen courtyard to the traditional skyscraper to create a unique masterpiece.
Those at Wednesday’s event also had a sneak peak of the 40th Precincts project that BIG has been commissioned for by the City and New York Police Department. This project is the first of its kind and has proven to be an interesting integration of design into one of the City’s essential services. BIG has been working with numerous entities within the City to redesign the police headquarters for this district. Bringing together function, safety and design, the intent is to create a more approachable precinct.
The third project attendees had an opportunity to learn more about was 2 World Trade, which until only a week earlier, had been slated for anchor tenants 21st Century Fox and News Corp. Although this project is on hold until a new anchor is found, BIG was kind enough to share with WLI members the inspiration for and intricacies of the project. The design of 2 World Trade is meant to be the intersection at which the tiered terraces of Tribeca met the glass skyscrapers of the Financial District.
Overall, the event was another great opportunity for women in real estate to meet, mingle and discuss what is happening in the New York market as well as encourage the advancement of women within the industry.