420 Kent by ODA New York has a design that strays from the classic commercial extrusion consumed by today’s typical residential towers. The vast majority of rectangularly extruded towers in New York are formal results of many historical, contextual and practical influences. For years, the archetypal -curtain wall- towers were realms of massive corporations, and as population density in New York increased, our habitats naturally adopted a similar two dimensional shape.
The big box concept created an inherent hierarchy with the four corners being most desirable: corner apartment, corner office, corner view etc. ODA New York have challenged this hierarchy by designing a tower where most dwelling units are a corner apartment. Furthermore, this formal condition articulates architecture’s effect on creating dynamic skylines with 420 Kent’s towers and voids engaged in a conversation between figure and ground.
The 22-floor towers comprised of 857 apartment units. By using two standard floor plans and mirroring them around the central axis ODA New York have created three distinct towers featuring multi-dimensional façades while 80% of the total count of apartments will be in a corner condition. Adding this third dimension to the envelope will provide a platform for intimate moments of interaction, both indoors and out. Units will boast northern sightlines onto the Williamsburg Bridge, the East River, and eastern vistas of downtown Manhattan.
Kent’s promenade will add to the communal boardwalk stretching from Greenpoint all the way to Dumbo. A total of 77,000 sq ft of outdoor space will be available to residents.
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