OMA unveils design for their first residential tower in NY

This morning, while walking down Union Square i noticed the new tall and slim tower at One Madison Park, currently under construction. The developer of this tower, Slazer Enterprises, is also working on an adjacent project with , which resulted on their first residential tower in New York, which was unveiled yesterday.

Located at at 23 East 22nd St, the 335 ft (107 m) tall mid-rise tower -which you can see on the second plane behind One Madison Park at the rendering- features an innovative design when it comes to towers, an evolution of the OMA studies on new high rise designs. The building cantilevers 30 feet over its neighbor, a form that “provides a number of unexpected moments that appear at each step – balconies at the upper part of the building and floor windows at the lower part — providing a variety of unit types and features throughout the building”, in words of Rem Koolhaas.

This project is led by Rem and Shohei Shigematsu, a partner at OMA currently in charge of OMA NY. When we visited their office back in March to interview Shohei (an interview i recommend you to watch), we saw a lot of experimentation around new forms for towers, such at the Jersey City project and the Bicentennial Tower. I bet OMA will surprise us in the future with more innovative tall building designs.

The above rendering is the proposal for the . The ceiling height and the view of the pool result on a dramatic space. I think that those images are very related to the filming background of Koolhaas.

Well, back to the facts. The project is expected to be completed by 2010, with a budget of USD$200 million. The program includes 18 luxury residences and a screening room for the CAA, spread on 25 floors, with a total area of 50,052 ft2 / 4,650 m2.

I´m eager to see how the cantilever turns out. We´ll stay tuned for more info on this project.

Partners-in-Charge: Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu
Project Architect:
Jason Long
Project Manager:
Charles Berman

Team: Christin Svensson, Yuri Suzuki, Margaret Arbanas, Leonie Wenz, Christy Cheng, Ritchie Yao, Anna Neimark, Jake Forster, Konrad Krupinski, Richard Sharam, Noah Shepherd, Tsuyoshi Nakamoto, Sandy Yum, Kai Frans, Kelly Hendriks, Ian Starling, Tiffany Wey

Associate Architects and Engineers: Cetra/Ruddy Incorporated
Structure: WSP Cantor Seinuk
MEP / Services: ADS Engineers
Façade: Axis Facades
Lighting: Tilloston Design Associates
Acoustics: Level Acoustics
Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates Inc.
Geotechnical: Langan Engineering
IT/Data: Shen Milsom & Wilke
Theater Consultant: Blessing & Company
Pool Consultant: Joel Trace Architect

Cite: Basulto, David. "OMA unveils design for their first residential tower in NY" 12 Sep 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • arquifarandula

    Nice imeges!

  • critical cow

    This will make a stunning addition to the NY skyline. I note that unlike CCTV or Jean Nouvels proposal for a tower next to MOMA that OMA have decided to conceal the engineering which allows for this canted form behind a very rational facade – a result of the conservative nature of the New York residential market ?

  • milky

    The facade is actually very OMA from what I hear. The facade is the structure. If you look at the belly of the building the punch window typology allows for more structural support to hold the cantilever and when you move upwards it becomes less to allow for more of a mullion system.

  • critical cow

    Well observed milky, I am udderly indebted to you.

  • anon

    yeah guys, if you look at their website they discuss how the facade is the structure. the exterior act as shear planes and the window pattern was delegated by the shear diagrams. still pretty sick. i love it.

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  • archi-poop

    What crap! Why dont we just make a full scale version of Tetris

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    it would be appreciated if more images available

  • Comedy Blog

    It looks photoshopped.

  • rayan labib

    A building within CONTEXT…