Blumenfeld hires Bjarke Ingels for Harlem apartments

From left: Bjarke Ingels and West57
From left: Bjarke Ingels and West57

Blumenfeld Development Group, the firm behind the East River Plaza shopping mall in East Harlem, has tapped Bjarke Ingels’ Copenhagen-based BIG to design a new 200,000-square-foot apartment complex, also in Harlem.

The building would rise on the parking lot next door to the 120,000-square-foot Gotham Plaza at 125th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues, which is currently an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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The 200 units, likely rentals, are slated to be built under the 80/20 affordable-housing program, the New York Post reported.

Ingels also designed West57, Durst Fetner Residential’s 600-unit Apartment Complex On West 57th Street, near the West Side Highway. [NYP]Mark Maurer