With Eagle + West, OMA New York adds a bold pair of textured, stepped towers to the Brooklyn waterfront

New York City looms large in the OMA mythos, but the firm hasn’t had much success in building tall here. A first attempt came in the mid-1970s, when original cofounders Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis, and Zoe Zenghelis imagined a dense concentration of stepped and interlinked towers for Roosevelt Island (then Welfare Island). OMA’s local office, founded in 2001, has proposed its fair share of high-rises, from a teetering expansion for the old Whitney Museum to the Tetris-like 23 East 22nd Street. The fractal 121 East 22nd Street, completed in 2019 and largely a block-filler, failed to scratch the itch.

But Eagle + West, a

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