ARO Tower heads for the sky in Manhattan

Nick Myall
Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

The new tower features an innovative white-steel latticed exterior wrapping 426 luxury rental residences

A new 62-story tower is set to debut this year in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Its substantially completed exterior is already creating a buzz within the city’s luxury rental scene and among global leaders in high-rise building design.

The building, called ARO, will be discussed at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2018 National Conference on Architecture in a session led by ARO's architect, John Cetra, FAIA, of CetraRuddy. The building will also be presented to an international delegation of architecture, engineering and construction experts hosted by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), just prior to the national architecture convention.

Designed for Algin Management by CetraRuddy, ARO features an innovative white-steel latticed exterior wrapping 426 luxury rental residences. With 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity spaces planned for its unique tower-and-podium design, it will be among the most attractive luxury rental properties on the market. Plans include approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space with double-height ceilings at the base, as well as attended parking.

Located on a through-block lot from 52nd Street to 53rd Street and between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, ARO was designed as a contextual sculpture that curves and lifts toward the sky, creating residences that will capture views on all sides, according to Algin Management.

The architect Cetra will discuss the new building with the visiting CTBUH delegation as well as in the June 22nd talk at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City, called “New Approaches to Dense Urban Multifamily Design.” The ARO project, located at 242 West 53rd St., has already earned critical acclaim and several design awards including the 2017 American Architecture Prize, The PLAN Award 2017, a 2015 SARA National Design Award and an Architecture Podium citation in the International Architecture Awards.

Nick Myall

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