New York City has some interesting zoning laws that have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximize their property’s height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.
An trendier-than-thou design group has come forward with a new way to circumvent those zoning laws and make use of air space over Manhattan to build affordable housing. The design firm, oiio studio, has released its vision of how the lack of affordable housing might be met using a provocative design.
The proposed building probably won't be built any time soon, but it's worth a look on the company's website. New York has produced stranger things.