New York Tower

New York Tower

Project study

New York, USA

Gladden Properties LLC Equities, New York, USA

Highrise,Hotel,Mixed Use,Residential,Not realized

Oedipus Rex II New Urban Entertainment Center


Starting from an investigation into urban height-lines and opportunities of view  corridors at various heights around the project site, we propose a twisting highrise tower that rotates above and around existing buildings to take advantage of views, ultimately maximizing the view towards central park to the north.

By changing the typical orthogonal-to-grid geometry to a diagonal and dynamic geometry relative to the site context, view opportunities are multiplied and larger areas of façade have more expansive view possibilities.

Object orthogonal to surrounding geometry: Primary views blocked

Object rotated to surrounding geometry: Diagonal primary view cones created

The repetitive and cellular 5-Star Hotel program occupies the first rectangular and orthogonal 400 feet of the tower shaft, which rests atop a 50 feet tall mixed-use podium of supporting amenity functions. Above this height, and extending to 1000 feet, the tower volume begins to twist, ultimately rotating 50 degrees, and providing the luxury residences within it with a sequence of framed views to the Hudson River, the important landmarks of Mid Town New York and spectacular views of Central Park. The resulting tower form sculpted from these functional parameters creates a significant and unmistakeable landmark in the New York Skyline as it rises 1000 feet on Eighth Avenue.


  • 4 314 m² Site Area
  • 77 300 m² Gross Floor Area
  • 305 m Height
  • 35 Floors



COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix/ W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Michael Volk
Project Manager: Peter Rose
Project Architect: Volker Kilian
Design Architect: Sophie Grell
Project Team: Marcelo Bernardi, Robin Heather, Mathew Kirkham, Robert Pipp


Local Architect: Costas Kondylis and Partner LLP, New York, USA
Landscape Architect: Thomas Balsley Associates, New York, USA
Construction Managing: Bovis Lend Lease, LMB INC., New York, USA
Zoning Consultant: Development consulting services, INC., New York, USA
Expediter: Jerome S. Gillmore Consulting Architect, P.C., New York, USA
Structural Engineers: Arup, New York, USA
Mechanical Engineers: Cosentini Associates, New York, USA
Curtain Wall Consultant: Gordon H. Smith Corporation, New York, USA
Window Washing Consultant: Entek Enineering PLLC, Troy, New York, USA
Elevator Consultant: Jenkins & Huntington INC., Avon, CT, USA
Accoustic Consultant: Cerami & Associates, New York, USA
Wind Tunnel Test: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin INC., Guelph, Ontario, USA
Residential Marketing: Corcoran Sunshine Group, New York, USA
Hotel Consultant: Lodging Investment Advisors, LLC, New York, USA

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