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United Nations Skyscraper, New York City, NY, United States

Tuesday 26 May 2015

A tower for urban garden lovers

United Nations Skyscraper by ODA New York in New York City, NY, United States
© ODA Architects 
United Nations Skyscraper by ODA New York in New York City, NY, United States
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ODA New York design a pencil thin, 41-storey garden in the sky 

In the city known for its iconic skyline of towers stabbing the clouds and swathes of concrete, another new skyscraper joins the ranks. Designed by ODA New York, this pencil thin tower brings something new and rare to the cityscape: a floating garden.

The tower is pulled higher by a rhythm of volumes and creating open gaps in the façade in which gardens will thrive, appearing to wrap the building in leafy green bands.

The residents of the penthouse will have their own private garden which covers a whole floor, something very unusual in the urban jungle of New York City. Because of this, there are, of course, some architectural and engineering challenges. These are described by Eran Chen, responsible for the design, in a quote for the New York Daily News: “I asked myself, ‘Can you live in a slender tower up to 600 feet above the city and at the same time have access to a garden as big as one attached to a ground-floor home?’ You would think it was counterintuitive, but we are making it happen. These will be the most unique outdoor spaces in New York City.”

Kerry Boettcher

News editor

Key Facts

Status Construction to begin September 2015, completion late 2017
Value (m€)
ODA New York

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