Under the setback rules in New York City’s zoning code, 100 Norfolk’s narrow lot would have constrained the building beyond a certain height, with only a few residential units high enough above the ground to enjoy the views and natural light.
To circumvent this limit and maximize its use of the space, ODA New York arranged the 12-story tower’s upper floors in a series of cantilevered layers, which spread out wider as the structure grows taller. The firm attained the feat after having identified during the planning process 11,000 square feet of unused airspace above a neighboring property. ODA then facilitated a transfer of air rights to extend 100 Norfolk beyond the confines of its site.
The majority of the building’s 38 units are situated toward the top, allowing most tenants to take advantage of its shape. The structural trusses that support the cantilevered uppermost layers are left exposed inside these units, offering both visual flair and a reminder of 100 Norfolk’s composition. The glass curtain wall enhances the views and quite literally mirrors the glass-enclosed Bernard Tschumi residential tower next door.
The community also offers a 670-square-foot gym and over 7,800 square feet of outdoor amenity space, including a rooftop terrace twice the size of the building’s lower level. A second terrace for resident use is available at the adjacent building.