We got a peek inside the starchitect-designed luxury apartments that are dramatically changing New York City's skyline

VIA 57West Building ExteriorCourtesy of Via 57WestA view of Via 57 West from the Hudson River.

Via 57 West, a luxury residential building designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is changing the Manhattan skyline. The unique pyramid-like building, with a 22,000-square-foot sloping courtyard in its center and floor-to-ceiling windows, has been capturing the attention of architecture fans since renderings were first revealed in 2009.

The building, which has a total 709 units, was built with sustainability in mind. The energy-efficient building recycles 60,000 gallons of water a day, and it was built using responsibly forested wood. Not to mention, with 178 different floor plans, there’s a fit for any type of living situation.

Starting March 1, the units will be on the rental market — aside from the building’s 142 affordable housing units, that is, which range from $565 for a studio to $1,067 for a three-bedroom apartment and were filled via a lottery late last year. Average prices for the market-rate apartments range from $2,770 for a studio to $16,500 a month for a four-bedroom apartment.

Business Insider recently got to peek inside five different units, each with a unique floor plan. We were in awe with what we saw.

APARTMENT #1, two-bedroom, two-bath: This particular unit runs for $7,200 per month and is 1,024 square feet.

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Thanks to the building's tetrahedron-like design, some of the apartments are lucky enough to have not one, but two balconies. Here, the smaller room of this two-bedroom apartment leads out to a patio space.

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The master bedroom is separated by a small hallway.

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The kitchens are built with Italian wood cabinetry.

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All of the bathrooms have herringbone-patterned white tiles -- a nod to the overall crisscross design of the building. No matter the size of the apartment, the bathrooms are pretty spacious.

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APARTMENT #2, studio: The lowest price point we saw was a 426-square-foot studio.

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This unit runs for $2,900 per month.

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Energy Star packages featuring GE, Blomberg, and Bosch appliances are available to all units. As an added bonus, each unit has a dishwasher and a washer and dryer, a rare luxury in New York City.

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APARTMENT #3, one-bedroom: This unit is perfect for someone who likes to host.

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At 754 square feet, the apartment has a dining area separate from the living room.

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The unit runs for $4,600 per month.

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APARTMENT #4, alcove studio: This apartment has a cosy, enclosed study -- perfect for a home office setup.

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The space is 645 square feet, with a breakfast bar.

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The alcoved bedroom portion of the studio is neatly tucked away, creating a separation between the common living space.

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This particular unit rents for $3,800 per month.

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APARTMENT #5, one-bedroom: This true one-bedroom has both a breakfast bar in the kitchen area...

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...as well as a space for a table on the other side of the living room.

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All kitchens are built with the pure white caesarstone countertops and backsplashes.

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The bedroom is spacious, and the entire apartment is 773 square feet.

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This particular unit runs for $4,000 per month.

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There are also various amenities in the building, including a swimming pool, screening room, outdoor lounges, indoor putting green, basketball court, a poker room, and more.

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Affordable housing tenants are set to move in the second week of March, with market-rate tenants next.

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