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Skinny Manhattan skyscraper will boast private sky-high gardens

Skinny Manhattan skyscraper wi...
Construction of the East 44th tower is due to begin April or May of next year
Construction of the East 44th tower is due to begin April or May of next year
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Construction of the East 44th tower is due to begin April or May of next year
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Construction of the East 44th tower is due to begin April or May of next year
The East 44th tower is slated for location within a few blocks of Manhattan landmarks like the Chrysler Building, Trump Tower, and the United Nations Headquarters
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The East 44th tower is slated for location within a few blocks of Manhattan landmarks like the Chrysler Building, Trump Tower, and the United Nations Headquarters
It will rise to a height of 41 floors and comprise a total of 44 units
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It will rise to a height of 41 floors and comprise a total of 44 units
The lower section of the tower is unbroken, but the upper part is separated every two floors to create a new garden space
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The lower section of the tower is unbroken, but the upper part is separated every two floors to create a new garden space
Architectural model of the project
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Architectural model of the project
Architectural plan
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Architectural plan
The gardens take up the entire 2,700 sq ft (250 sq ft) floor plate and will offer plenty of natural light and fresh air for the residents
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The gardens take up the entire 2,700 sq ft (250 sq ft) floor plate and will offer plenty of natural light and fresh air for the residents
The super-skinny tower will have a footprint of only 48 x 65 ft (14 x 19 m)
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The super-skinny tower will have a footprint of only 48 x 65 ft (14 x 19 m)
The tower will offer garden with an unbeatable view
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The tower will offer garden with an unbeatable view
Construction is due for April or May next year
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Construction is due for April or May next year

In the world of skyscraper design, thin is most definitely in at the moment, and several svelte upmarket residential towers are currently proposed for Manhattan. ODA New York's East 44th Street arguably trumps its rivals in the luxury stakes however, as it will offer some residents their own spacious sky-high garden.

East 44th Street is slated for location amongst familiar landmarks like the Chrysler Building, Trump Tower, and the United Nations Headquarters. The building will comprise a total of 41 floors and 44 units, with a total footprint of just 48 x 65 ft (14.6 x 19 m).

The lower section of the tower will be unbroken, but the upper section will be separated every two floors, thus creating a total of 11 16-ft (4.87-m)-high garden terraces that take up an entire 2,800 sq ft (260 sq m) floor. Each garden floor will be split in half though, so one apartment's occupants will go upstairs to their outdoor space, while the other will go downstairs, ensuring everyone in this part of the tower has their own private sky-high garden.

The tower will offer garden with an unbeatable view
The tower will offer garden with an unbeatable view

"By 'stretching' the building vertically beyond its original program, we were able to create gaps, 16 feet [4.87 m] in height, between every two floors," explains Eran Chen, founder and executive director of ODA New York, regarding the tower's design.

The gardens will offer residents plenty of natural light and fresh air, plus an enviable view of Manhattan's famous skyline, but potential issues are plenty: what if a gust of wind sends an avid gardener to their doom? Can the tower really remain suitably stable with such large open sections?

ODA New York is sure to have such concerns well in hand though, as the skyscraper is due to begin construction in April or May next year. The project is being developed by Triangle Assets.

Source: ODA New York

5 comments
Buellrider
I love these buildings with trees and other plants. Wouldn't mind living way, way up among the trees in this place. Pretty pricey real-estate I'll wager.
zevulon
this is what oligarchy and zero interest rates looks like. useless buildings for very few people to live in , and most of whom use the apartment as a temporary or vacation residence amongst others. it's already been happening. it's the destruction of new york from within. more and more resources going into less and less will turn new york into a shadow of its former self like philadelphia.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
A mid level engineer job would get you about 100 sq. ft. in this building. It is interesting to see what can be built, though.
Daishi
A similar building in NYC is just about finished. 432 Park Avenue is 96 stories and taller than the empire state building. Several of the floors are just one apartment and go for $80 million each.
thangavelu-girardey
Beware those gusty winds on those upper gardens between floors, they'll blow away your laptops !