Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
East 44th Street in New York by ODA New York
November 22nd, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: ODA New York
ODA New York, in their well-documented pursuit to improve the quality of urban life, designs the most expansive example yet of urban green space, and increased natural light, which have become hallmarks of the firm.
“There is a huge disconnect between how we live in our cities and what we need, as human beings, for quality of life. I don’t think that we should be forced to choose between enduring in the city, or escaping to suburban areas. So, with all of our projects we look for ways to amplify natural light and provide access to green spaces, and this is the ultimate example.” Eran Chen, the founder and executive director.
The current trend towards ultra-slender residential towers in Manhattan reflects a seismic shift of global wealth towards the private sector. Traditionally, NYC’s skyscrapers stood as a testament to corporate dominance, but this new typology of super tall, thin buildings heralds both new program and function, and as such, deserves a closer look. We believe that adaptation demands a new vocabulary of formal expression for these towers.
True luxury evolves from the ability to have the best of multiple worlds without compromise, and in this tower, the best of urban living melds with the dream of a suburban backyard resulting in the ultimate urban fantasy. “By “stretching” the building vertically beyond its original program, we were able to create gaps, 16 feet in height, between every two floors.” Chen said.
These gaps contain full floor sculptural gardens equal to the footprint of the building, and will be directly accessible from each apartment. As a result, every 2,800 s.f. apartment will have a spectacular 1,400 s.f. of open private garden. The expansive height of the space will permit a suffusion of sunlight throughout. The central core and perimeter design will dramatically reduce the wind load without sacrificing the 360-degree view.
The result, while based on a simple idea, is both striking and fresh. It breaks through the purely functional to restore all that we have sacrificed, and with it, creating a new urban reality.
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