Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

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Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall Manhattan tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

“The idea is to create a new kind of communal ecosystem of social relationships within a thin tower design,” says Scott Allen, an associate architect and designer with Perkins+Will. “Rather than giving residents small, almost unusable balconies as seen in many towers, they will enjoy big community terraces that are the kind of social and interactive spaces in high demand today.”

“This adds a diverse urban landscape and various mixtures of city life to high-rise living, a dynamic and sustainable departure from typical condominium developments,” adds Robert Goodwin, FAIA, design director of Perkins+Will’s NYC office.

Easily accessible shared spaces range from event rooms and a “chef’s table” to private yoga studios, terraced gardens, fitness rooms, an outdoor cinema, observatory, rooftop pool and resident terrace.

“The structure and organization of the tower are equally innovative. Aimed at a completely flexible and adaptable floor plate, the entire structural system is shifted to the exterior perimeter and arranged in a thin, 17-inch by 19-inch steel diagrid with a concrete core. This hybrid steel-and-concrete structure allows for flexibility in unit layout and reduces the overall thickness of the interior elevator core by about 50 percent,” says Goodwin. “It also eliminates the need for corner columns and allows a slender diagrid size of less than two feet, giving the developers a novel and dynamic yet highly economical response way to integrate the exterior glass curtain wall.”

Although the project is still in its design phase, completion is expected in late 2017.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens" 22 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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