A trio of luxury high-rises funded by former New York City governor Eliot Spitzer is scheduled to be completed by 2018 at 416-420 Kent Ave., in Brooklyn. Boasting views of Williamsburg’s waterfront and Manhattan's cityscape to the east, these 22-story towers—each of which Forbes writer Kristin Tablang describes as "resembling an asymmetrical stack of boxes" —add to the unbounded expansion of the city's largest borough by population.
Spitzer selected ODA New York as the principal design firm for the project, which is known for constructing buildings that are both sustainable and innovative. “The vast majority of [residential] towers in [New York] are extruded rectangles,” says Eran Chen, AIA, ODA's founder and executive director. “ODA challenged this hierarchy by designing a tower where every dwelling unit is a corner apartment."
He’s not far off: eighty percent of the 857 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments will be corner units, eliminating the need for renters to fight over the traditional four corner units per floor in a city starved of apartments with a view. “By using two standard floor plans—mirrors of each other—and flipping them in different directions around the central axis of each tower’s mass, [we created] three distinct, multidimensional facades, each filled with mid-floor ‘corner’ units,” ODA New York said in a press release. Nearly two hundred of the residences will be reserved for public housing.
View the project gallery for 416-420 Kent on ARCHITECT Magazine’s website.
Read Tablang's full story at Forbes.