ODA completes top-heavy residential tower in New York City



The top floor of this glazed housing complex in New York’s Lower East Side, by architecture firm ODA, has a footprint twice the size of the ground level.

Named after its address, 100 Norfolk spans 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) across 12 storeys.

New York firm ODA designed the building in compliance with the area’s strict zoning laws, which dictated its height of 120 feet (36.5 metres).

However, the studio realised that it could maximise the floor area by obtaining air rights from its low-rise neighbours.

This way, the building is allowed to cantilever over the adjacent two-storey structures, and gain extra space for more homes. Every two floors above level six, the 100 Norfolk extends sideways as well as upwards.

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