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Oppenheim In The Loop

The loop is a powerful idea in modern architecture ever since Max Reinhardt Haus decided to reconceptualise the skyscraper as a Mobius strip in 1992. Beijing now has a similar design thanks to Rem Koolhaus, but New York could finally be getting in on this loopy act if designs by Oppenheim Architecture + Design ever get built.

Envisioned for 514 Eleventh Avenue, structurally speaking, these are not strictly a ring but rather two vertical towers of sixty floors connected at the top and rising from a heavily planted podium in a manner that visually appears to be a loop.

Nonetheless the project features 150,000 square metres of space rising to about 240 metres in height. It's planned to be dominated by residential with 1,350 new condominiums filling the bulk of it. The green podium will contain parking areas, plus new retail outlets whilst there's also plans to have about 16,000 square metres of space functioning as corporate housing, an American phrase that applies to what is effectively a managed or serviced apartment.

The huge block that tops the two towers will have on its top half a massive sky bridge with the proportions of a cathedral nave. This area could be used for a roof garden, and communal space although the architect has tentatively visualised activities including a spa, croquet lawn, and at one end a huge climbing wall the size of a cliff face.

Unfortunately this design will probably not be built with the site owner and developer, Silverstein Properties, expected to plump for a more conventional supertall residential tower.
514 Eleventh Avenue, New York
514 Eleventh Avenue, New York
514 Eleventh Avenue, New York
514 Eleventh Avenue, New York