Bevel is a fresh take on the industrial chic aesthetic, complete with the firm’s signature oversized terraces and access to inner courtyards and gardens. The 202-unit rental building in Long Island City utilizes a fusion of concrete and glass to form a dramatic 85ft atrium in the heart of the building.
From there, the stepped facade creates a unique “beveled” shape, allowing the maximum number of units to have large private outdoor spaces, either looking out to the New York skyline, or inwards to the building’s botanical gardens. The atrium itself, supported by 4 super columns, boasts an impressive display of public art, the successor of ODA’s collaboration with local art non-profit, the Bushwick Collective, at Denizen in Bushwick.
Inspired by the success of the public art at Denizen, ODA proposed working with the Bushwick Collectiveagain to fill the lobby’s 8-story atrium space with a mural. The Bushwick Collective selected artist Dalek, known for his spacemonkeys series, to design and paint the space. The striking mural peeks through the lobby, engaging passersby as well as residents.
The carved out atriums made it possible to add more FAR to the top, creating living space that could take advantage of light, air and views. The two botanical gardens, one 65 ft and the other 75 ft high, have openings to the exterior and form a visible connection to pedestrians in the neighborhood.
ODA also included a lush courtyard as an outdoor oasis, replete with greenery and cozy lounge furniture. The tranquil ambiance is enhanced by a graceful water feature and supple green walls, with interiors by Durukan Design. .