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Upended Glass Condos

ODA's 100 Norfolk is Upside Down to Subvert Zoning Restrictions

— May 29, 2018 — Art & Design
Dense urban neighborhoods are environmentally friendly, and ODA's condo design at 100 Norfolk uses a clever bit of inversion in order to allow for more of that densification. The building in New York City's Lower East Side is literally flipped upside down, allowing it to offer more living space than one would expect given the amount of square footage that it has access to on the ground floor.

ODA has gained a reputation for its deft ability to make the most of New York City's infamously strict zoning regulations. 100 Norfolk is yet another example of the firm's skill in navigating that bramble of bylaws. The building is inspired by an inverted image of a more traditional condominium, allowing it to taper downward rather than upward.


Image Credit: ODA
Trend Themes
1. Upside-down Architecture - Exploring architectural designs that challenge conventional norms and utilize inversion to optimize space.
2. Creative Zoning Solutions - Finding innovative ways to work within strict zoning regulations and maximize building potential.
3. Densification in Urban Areas - Addressing the need for increased housing density in densely populated urban neighborhoods through innovative design approaches.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - Opportunities for architects and designers to push the boundaries of traditional building practices and create visually striking and functional upside-down structures.
2. Real Estate Development - Real estate developers can capitalize on creative zoning solutions to maximize building potential and meet the demand for increased housing density in urban areas.
3. Urban Planning - Urban planners can explore inventive designs that address the challenges of densification in urban areas, balancing efficient use of space with high-quality living environments.
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