Commissioned by Toll Brothers City Living, OMA’s first residential tower in New York will be located as 121 East 22nd Street and designed by partner Shohei Shigematsu. The site straddles two separate and distinct neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, a calm oasis formed around a private park and Madison Square, a bustling public space hosting an array activities and commercial programming. This location posed a unique opportunity to provide a dynamic meeting point of these two identities—between classical and contemporary, between quiet streets and bustling avenues.
Shohei Shigematsu commented: “The design of the 133-unit residential block was driven by the duality of its context. Punched windows echoing the façade of its pre-war neighbors seamlessly transition to contemporary, floor-to-ceiling glazed windows towards the corner, forming a gradient from historic to modern.” A cubist collage of multiple intersecting neighborhoods is expressed with a three dimensional, prismatic corner. The corner element provides a distinct facade and frames unique views with intricately folded windows to look up to the sky or down to the lively street.