Incredible Zigzag Building Features Rooftop Gardens
Project: Mercedes House
Location: New York, New York
Architects: TEN ARQUITECTOS
A challenge for both residential and commercial construction in most urban locations is the need to house large numbers of occupants while occupying little space. The unique zigzag shape of the Mercedes House complex allows for a high occupancy residential development with its staircase-like escalating construction. Unlike most skyscrapers, Mercedes House features green gardens stacked on one another extending vertically.
Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN ARQUITECTOS the complex occupies three quarters of a block, covering 1.3 million square feet. It features 27 floors of residential living space, as well as commercial real estate, horse stables for the NYPD and a Mercedes dealership.
The development firm responsible for the project is known for their role in transforming New York neighborhoods into thriving, mostly artistic, communities.
The ascending construction allows residents unobstructed views as natural light penetrates at every level. Its intentional jagged design was meant to allow the seemingly exorbitant structure to become segmented in an attempt to blend with the surrounding architecture.
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