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Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments

Renderings via ODA

Just last month, Perkins + Will announced a new 65-story, 700-foot, pencil-thin tower coming to 37th Street. But it wasn’t the height or slender design that got our attention; it was the sky-high gardens, five clusters of shared amenity and park spaces located at specific intervals on the building. Now, this project will be joined by another urban garden wonder near the United Nations.

The Daily News reveals today renderings from ODA Architects of a super-skinny, 41-story, 600-foot skyscraper at 303 East 44th Street that will feature “six 16-foot-high gaps in the façade — each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower.” These floating gardens will occupy the 2,600-square-foot floor plates, which are far smaller than the 4,800-square-foot floor plates at 111 West 57th Street, which has therefore lost its title of will-be world’s skinniest tower.

More details ahead

Architecture, condos, DUMBO, New Developments

10 Jay Street, ODA Architecture, Dumbo development, sugar refinery NYC

Rendering via ODA

We’ve been seeing a lot of innovative work from ODA Architecture lately–from their Bushwick rental project that looks uncannily similar to a project by Bjarke Ingels in Denmark to their provocative ziggurat-like proposal for Gowanus. And last week, their design for the northern façade of 10 Jay Street in Dumbo won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The site was formerly a sugar refinery, which inspired ODA’s crystal-like design, and the warehouse will be turned into condos with ground-floor retail. We’ve now uncovered a fly-through video of the building, which shows the façade from every angle.

The video description says: “When there is no wall to preserve and no façade to restore, contemporary architecture can tell a story about a sequence of historical events. The architect is a visual biographer writing a tale of one building from 1897 to 2015 arguably doing more for preservation than imitating reality.”

Watch the video here

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