Winners of New York Design Competition


Metropolis Magazine have announced that NBRS+PARTNERS are joint winners in the Living Cities Design Competition: an international competition to design a visionary 21st century 40 storey residential tower in New York City in response to the current day demographic and social challenges.

Under the design leadership of principal Andrew Duffin, the NBRS team created VIVO on High Line, an innovative, dynamic steel framed tower building responsive to NYC opportunity and vitality.

The international jury; Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG, Eileen Hatfield, principal of Buro Happold, Sylvia Smith Senior Partner of FXFOWLE, and Gary Higbee Director of Industry Development Steel and Ornamental Metals Institutes of New York, chose two designs as joint winners.

The NBRS scheme, VIVO on High Line purposefully connects with the revitalised High Line elevated park and draws that vitality vertically to reach the New York skyline some 40 storeys above.

The NBRS design focused on creating a seamless connection with the High Line which runs through Midtown West New York. The concept draws analogies from its early working years as the life blood freight rail system bringing produce to the urbanism of Manhattan Island. The base of the tower reinvents that history by engulfing the new greened life supply of the High Line.

The expressive steel structure solution permits agility. Agility allows for flexible internal space planning, future proofing the base building against the pressures of demography, market and demand. The structural design was conceived along with ARUP Sydney. The expression of architectural honesty is reflected in the triangulated diagrid system acting as an exoskeleton providing lateral stability and vertical support.

The multi faceted facade and skin permits unique tuning for each aspect. It excludes harsh manmade and natural conditions and opens to capture breath and light when nature is kind. The profile, the external facade length, the shallow plan depth, the adjustable breathable curtain wall, and the unique aspect designs all create an environmentally responsive solution.

VIVO on High Line by NBRS reflects true urbanism and a reinvented connectedness to a liveable city.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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