Maximizing Views in a Midtown Residential Tower: ARO, New York City

Session: F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Residential/Hotel, Part 1

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Senior Representative, Roseland Development Associates LLC

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Senior Representative, CentraRuddy Architecture DPC

Situated on 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue in the theater district of Midtown West, ARO is responsive to its surrounding dense urban context, utilizing distinctive approaches to massing, organization and exterior expression. The tower is placed at the center of the lot to maximize its distance from adjacent properties on the east and west exposures. Proportionally, the building is extruded vertically for views above the adjacent buildings, which maximizes window exposure, enhances direct sunlight and offers panoramic views of Central Park from its upper floors and roof terrace.

The high-tech façade design is composed of a glass curtain wall covered with a light metal net that serves as a distinctive graphic overlay. This net, comprised of 18-inch-deep “fenders,” also acts as an integrated solar device. The metal and glass of the façade reflect and absorb light in different ways. The sky is reflected in its glass and the metal fender protects from undesirable solar gain and glare. The projecting undulation captures the sunlight, giving the facade pleasing depth and visual interest.

ARO’s unconventional shaping reflects changes in unit mix and program, with larger units occupying the top of the building and smaller units towards the bottom. The complex massing of the building’s multi-level landscaped podium also presents a direct response to the varied and relatively complex requirements of the amenity program inside, which includes a full-height basketball court, an indoor swimming pool, resident lounge and fitness center.

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