The East River waterfront was once the epicenter of New York industry: home to numerous recognized factories that included Domino Sugar, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Standard Oil, and Schaefer Beer. Since their migration, the waterfront has fallen into significant disuse and disrepair leading to years of South Williamsburg’s massive potential to be unrealized.
It seemed an unconventional site, but Spitzer Enterprises commissioned ODA to absorb 800,000 feet of residential space in which the studio has created three, 22-floor towers comprised of 857 apartment units (20% of which will be affordable housing). The towers of 416-420 Kent will be joining a larger swell of development through which the neglected waterfront is finally being reclaimed.
For this project, ODA New York, recognized for reimagining of New York’s typical architectural formats, is introducing another language to residential towers. Traditionally, apartment dwellers have had to spar for the four coveted corner units framing each floor of any standard building. Future residents of 416-420 Kent will side-step this battle with corner units comprising more than 80% of the 857 apartments which compose Kent’s towers.
Using two standard floor plans and mirroring them around the central axis, ODA creates three distinct towers featuring multi-dimensional façades and mid-floor “corner” units. These shifts in floor plan will use cantilevering to create private garden terraces—another ODA trademark and coveted rarity in the city. Adding this third dimension to the envelope will provide a platform for intimate moments of interaction, both indoors and out.
Units will boast northern sightlines onto the Williamsburg Bridge, the East River, and eastern vistas of downtown Manhattan. Kent’s promenade will add to the communal boardwalk stretching from Greenpoint all the way to Dumbo. A total of 77,000 SF of outdoor space will be available to residents. This suffusion of light, and expansive outdoor space is yet another example of ODA’s devotion to redefining contemporary urban life. Source and Images Courtesy of ODA New York.
Article by Marco Rinaldi