ODA designs Manhattan tower that increases size as it ascends

todaySeptember 14, 2021


American office ODA has released renderings of a residential building with cantilevered upper storeys, scheduled to be built on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Called Era, the 20-storey apartment building will have 57 units, each with two to five bedrooms, and cover 136,639 square feet (126,94 square metres).

The building cantilevers outwards
Era is set to be built on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

The 250-feet-tall (76 metre-tall) project is estimated to be completed by next autumn at 2461 Broadway, according to New York-based firm ODA.

Central to Era’s design is a footprint that will increase from small to large as the building’s upper storeys cantilever outwards at each higher level.

Large windows on the facade
The building will feature large windows

“The building’s cantilevered design will allow for more space as the building rises, which will create much more communal rooftop space,” said ODA.

To make use of this large surface area, Era will feature a rooftop swimming pool with views of the Hudson River.

Other communal areas built for the building’s residents will include a fitness centre and yoga studio, as well as a library, a lounge and a children’s playroom.

Era will be clad in limestone surrounding the large windows that cover the facades, while balconies will be clustered together on various corners of the building that jut out.

ODA will add a rooftop pool to the project
A rooftop pool will overlook Manhattan and the Hudson River

“Deep windows with elegant and timeless mullions will blend seamlessly into the surroundings, but upon closer review, the windows will be much larger than average for the area, inviting more natural light into the space and opening the building up to surrounding views,” explained ODA.

According to the firm, the interiors will aim to echo the shapes and angles found across the exterior, creating cohesion across the project.

“The building marks a new era on the Upper West Side,” said ODA, explaining the tower’s name.

A chandelier in a public space
Various communal spaces will be included inside

Era is one of several New York buildings designed in a blocky formation by ODA, which was founded in 2007.

The firm recently completed a concrete residential building in Brooklyn formed from irregularly stacked boxes, while another housing complex on Manhattan’s Lower East Side includes a top-floor footprint that is twice the size of the building’s ground-level.

The renderings are courtesy of ODA.

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