ODA New York inverts the high-rise residence hierarchy
New York City – Claiming a special dexterity with NYC’s ‘byzantine’ zoning code, ODA New York displays its prowess in the city’s architectural gymnastics arena with 100 Norfolk. The 12-storey residential structure challenges conventional building formats and overthrows the high-rise residence hierarchy by asking one question: ‘Instead of locating the bulk of the building’s mass at its base – where fresh air and sunlight are diminished, and street noise abounds – could 100 Norfolk be oriented upside-down?’
Harnessing unused airspace over an obliging neighbouring building, ODA increases the width of the volume every two floors above the sixth floor. Stacking wider floors over a narrow base allowed the architects to democratize sought-after property features that are typically penthouse-only, maximizing and distributing ample sunlight and city views to the majority of the 38 tenants.
With a rooftop twice the square meterage of the ground floor, various communal amenities are integrated into the roof terrace, including a gym.