Buildings With Sections That Seem to Hover in Midair
At 98 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the architecture firm ODA designed a condo for Hope Street Capital with a multitude of cantilevers to provide more outdoor terraces and windows for more apartments. The building resembles an uneven composition of stacked cubes, where some boxes hang off others.
“The old way of building in cities is simply an extrusion of a floor plate, endlessly or until zoning stops us,” said Eran Chen, the founding principal of ODA. “It might be efficient and easy to construct, but ultimately is very limiting in terms of the most essential elements that I believe we’re looking for in our community and built environment.” Those elements include access to natural light and air, as well as opportunities for casual encounters with our neighbors, Mr. Chen said, who imagines residents at 98 Front might greet each other from their terraces.