OMA New York’s three residential projects across North America are nearing completion. 121 E 22nd Street in New York City and Transbay Block 8 in San Francisco are to follow in the next few years, according to the firm.
Developed by the Related Group and Terra Group, the multi-tower residential development is designed by partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu. The firm won the design competition in 2013 with a scheme that would connect Coconut Grove’s community scale to the Biscayne Bay and honour the neighbuorhood’s natural beauty.
Inspired by the bay, Shohei Shigematsu and OMA designed the towers as barrier islands, each uniquely independent yet maintaining a linked intimacy.
The towers' organic form contrast from its boxier neighbours while a plinth connecting the three towers provides a lush, landscape of amenities for residents and act as an extension of the surrounding natural environment. "A series of passages weave in and out throughout the five-acre site and provide connections and views to the Biscayne Bay," said OMA.
"The final tower on the former site of the Coconut Bank required a phased construction to accommodate a seamless move from its original building to its new home within the plinth," added the firm.
The final tower is currently under construction and is expected to complete in late 2019. Together, the three residences will add to the distinct community of Coconut Grove that offers an alternative to the Metropolitan downtown.
The opening of the first phase of Park Grove marks the beginning of a series of residential tower completions to follow in the next year. OMA has been engaged in the design of a number of residential tower projects, including 121 E 22ndStreet in New York (2019), Transbay Bock 8 in San Francisco (2019) and Nora Tornen in Stockholm. All four projects will be completed by 2019.
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