Designed by ODA, 100 Norfolk Street expresses the unlimited potential and ambition hidden in the New York Block as it stands significantly taller than its neighbors. Located within the Lower east side Manhattan, the design creates a rather unusual condition, a mid-block – freestanding building overlooking the area, offering strong light exposure for the interior residential spaces and direct views of Downtown, Midtown and the Williamsburg Bridge. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Situated in one of the most significant and diverse areas of New York City and peering above its small lot, the 12-story building is combining unused mass from the surrounding properties to create a stepping volume that cantilevers over the adjacent low rise buildings like an like an inverted “wedding cake” or ziggurat.
This stepped volume is conceived as a stack of 2-floor height boxes. Each box has an independent structure supported by perimeter trusses that become the signature of the building at the interior. The strict zoning height limitation, forces the volume to extend its cantilevering potential, maximizing the floor area towards the top of the building. Accordingly, the interior is progressively divided from smaller to larger apartments as the elevation rises.
The massing configuration maximizes the area of green roof for the building, generating two large outdoor spaces. Both the 5,000sf building rooftop and a 2,000sf roof-deck on top of one of the existing neighboring buildings will accommodate private and public planted terraces. Highly visible from Delancey Street and in close proximity to Williamsburg Bridge, 100 Norfolk will become an iconic addition to Lower East Side skyline, signifying the passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn.