Inspired by the recent trend for super-skinny, super-tall skyscrapers currently dominating the Manhattan luxury residential market, ODA New York has developed a design for 303 East 44th Street which they describe as "a new urban reality" for the city. By taking a prototypical, modestly-sized tower building and stretching it skyward, the firm has inserted sculptural skygardens in the voids opened up between the floors to create a tower that combines the advantages of urban living with the spatial benefits of the suburban home.
"True luxury evolves from the ability to have the best of multiple worlds without compromise," explains the firm's press release, "and in this tower, the best of urban living melds with the dream of a suburban backyard resulting in the ultimate urban fantasy."
"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," adds ODA's founder and executive director Eran Chen. "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."
Designed for developer Triangle Assets, the proposal offers residents in 11 of the building's 44 apartments access to their own private outdoor space, with the 16-foot (5 meter) ceiling height for the gardens ensuring that sunlight can penetrate throughout the garden. In addition, the form of the core and supporting structure on these open floors is designed to reduce the wind load on the building without sacrificing the expansive views.
According to Triangle Assets' director of leasing and property management Benjamin Stavrach, construction on the building is likely to begin in April or May of 2016.
LocationE 44th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Number of floors41
Floor plate area2,700 ft2
Number of units44
Number of units with outdoor terraces11 Units
Total terrace area9,300 ft2
Amenities area5,200 ft2
PhotographsMoso Studio, ODA New York
Correction update: Since its initial publication, this article has been updated to add information about the developer and expected construction date.