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.


Location 100 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA

This year, the Frame Awards extends its scope to residential projects around the world. There are four new awards in the Frame Awards 2019 category for Residences: Small Apartment of the Year, Large Apartment of the Year, House of the Year and Co-Living Complex of the Year. Find out more about the Frame Awards 2019 categories

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