Dutch firm Concrete finalizes high-reaching residential skyscraper in New Jersey

Studio Concrete, based in Amsterdam, has completed an apartment tower in front of Manhattan which features a range of unusual amenities, including a 'creative laboratory' and a residency program for scientists and artists.

Called Jersey City Urby, the 69-story skyscraper is located at 200 Greene Street, Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan. The skyscraper is the largest residential building in New Jersey, rising to 713 feet (217 meters), but falls ill in the state's highest structure: the 781-foot Hudson Street office tower High (238 meters).
Urby has 762 rental units, from studios to one or two bedroom apartments.

The gray tower consists of irregularly stacked blocks, with several cantilevered floor plates on the floor below. The Jenga mass of the building made comparisons with the 56 Leonard tower of Herzog & Meuron in Manhattan.

The New Jersey skyscraper is the second in a series of Urby brand developments, all designed by Concrete - the Dutch studio known for its design of citizenM hotels in Europe, North America and Asia.

The first Urby project opened in 2016 on Staten Island in New York and a third is scheduled to open this summer in Harrison, New Jersey.

"Urby is a rethinking of the concept of residential housing-housing that is designed to fit all neighborhoods and developed with the needs of the contemporary urban tenant in mind," said the team.
The apartments are designed to "make smart use of space", with built-in wall units serving as desks, shelves and storage space. The units are equipped with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and washers and dryers.

The large windows offer panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and monuments such as the Statue of Liberty.

The building includes a range of amenity spaces "designed to promote natural opportunities for residents to meet and interact".

The ground level was inspired by hotel lobbies and lounges.

The team has created a café with a range of seating options, long wooden tables and an eclectic decor. The store is run by the local cafe 9 Bar Cafe.

Ample Hills Creamery, a popular ice cream maker from Brooklyn, will open its first location in New Jersey in the tower in July. "The store will serve all its signature flavors, as well as a new flavor inspired by the location of Jersey City Urby," said the team.

On the ninth floor, the building has a fitness center and a light, common kitchen and dining area. This level also houses a heated saltwater pool and an outdoor deck, which can be used for parties, film screenings and morning meditations.

The 68th floor houses the Laboratory Creative Urby. "Here, residents can participate in practical workshops, interior design and photography, floral arrangements and the artisanal apothecary," said the team.

The tower also offers a parking lot, a bicycle storage room and a dog race, as well as a residency program for scientists and artists.

Currently, the president of Liberty Science Center of New Jersey resides in the building and will host regular programs on science and technology. The artistic organization Mana Contemporary helps to launch the Artist-in-Residence program of the tower.
Urby's projects are supported by Ironstate Development, whose portfolio includes the Standard East Village and the Chiltern Firehouse in London, both created in partnership with hotel owner André Balazs.

Other recent projects in New Jersey include an apartment tower by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects in Jersey City, which has a rectangular shape and grid windows, and a mixed-use complex in downtown Newark by Richard Meier & Partners.

The photograph is by Ewout Huibers.