architect's
vision

 

Shift the axis and what do you get? The end of a four-corner hierarchy—premium units with three-sided views and private outdoor space in the sky.

The design concept behind 420 Kent departs from the classic commercial extrusion present in so many of today’s residential towers.

New York’s abundance of rectangular towers can be attributed to historical, contextual, and practical influences. As our city’s population density increased, our habitats borrowed from the corporate archetype and took on its two-dimensional form. Yet this big box concept created an inherent hierarchy—corner apartment, corner office, corner view for the privileged few.

ODA challenged this stratification, and designed a tower where almost every dwelling is a corner unit.

Illustration of 420 Kent Avenue

“ Shifting the central axis provides premium units with three-sided views " 

multi-dimensional
facades

"We challenged the rectangular architectural form of today by rotating two standard floorplans around the building’s axis. We then cantilevered and twisted its form to produce three, multi-dimensional facades. What results is a conversation between figure and void, creating dynamic skyline views and intimate moments of interaction, both indoors and out. We’ve unboxed the 'big box.'"

- Eran Chen

Founding principal of ODA New York

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architect’s vision

Shift the axis and what do you get? The end of a four-corner hierarchy—premium units with three-sided views and private outdoor space in the sky.

The design concept behind 420 Kent departs from the classic commercial extrusion present in so many of today’s residential towers.

Illustration of 420 Kent

multi-dimensional facades

We challenged the rectangular architectural form of today. We rotated two standard floorplans around the building’s axis. We cantilevered and twisted its form to produce three, multi-dimensional facades. We created a conversation between figure and void. We effected dynamic skyline views and intimate moments of interaction, both indoors and out. No longer are the four corners the most desirable. We’ve unboxed the “big box.”

“ Shifting the central axis provides premium units with three-sided views "

- Eran Chen

Founding principal of ODA New York

420 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY

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