This new rendering of Lower East Side project 100 Norfolk Street has got us feeling topsy-turvy.

The 38-unit, 12-story building designed by ODA Architecture is scheduled for completion in 2014. The 46,000-square-foot project “peer[s] above its small lot” to “create a stepping volume which cantilevers over the adjacent low-rise buildings like an inverted ‘wedding cake’ or ziggurat,” according to the ODA site.

The unusual, top-heavy configuration will allow for striking views and solid interior light exposure for the residential units. Looks like there will be a mix of public and private terraces, too.

The 7,000-square-foot building originally on the site was owned by kosher dairy restaurant Ratner’s, which used it for offices and refrigerators before the company shut down in 2002. The property sold to Brooklyn-based Urban-Scape in April for $8.8 million, Crain’s reported. To work around 2008 rezoning that limits building heights in the area to 120 feet, the developer plans to use air rights from the adjoining parcels, which it owns.

And now, 100 Norfolk will peer over those neighboring properties. Lovingly.

Renderings below, courtesy of ODA Architecture:


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