Eran Chen reveals ODA’s new twin residential skyscrapers in Ft. Lauderdale with their sculptural forms that twist and bend creating a spectacular crown of light becomes the tallest towers in the city 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Eran Chen and his design team at ODA have unveiled a new residential twin tower scheme for Brooklyn-based developers Dependable Equities, which will soon rise and twist and bend at its site to become the tallest skyscraper in Fort Lauderdale, surpassing 100 Las Olas, which is just under 500 feet tall.

Ombelle by ODA-Architecture

The plans for the new mixed-use development Ombelle call for a 1,100-unit, 1.5-million-square-foot luxury rental project consisting of two 43-story towers.

The two mirrored 43-story towers at 300 NE 3rd Avenue rise high above Ft. Lauderdale, creating a dramatic neighbor to the adjacent Flagler Village. 

The tapering sculptural forms lean away from each other as they rise, creating a spectacular crown of light and airy homes with views from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the ocean.

The striking facade is made up of a delicate exoskeleton with an outer shell of terraces and balconies varying in depth, length, and density to create a feeling of individual identity between homes. 

Ombelle by ODA-Architecture

The two sculpted towers rise out of a distinct nine-story podium, which would become an “iconic and contextual landmark” for the city. 

The towers would be strategically positioned with a floor plate composition that shifts from an “L”-shape to a rectangular bar, resulting in a dynamic form within the maximum permitted 12,500 square-foot floor plate. 

The extended vertical articulation is further enhanced with an outer vertical trellis that gives depth, shade, and sophistication throughout the building. 

The articulation of the towers culminates in a dynamic and expressive top with a sculpted glazed bulkhead that defines a sloping roof line, both slanted crowns are oriented towards each other creating an iconic gesture that coronates the building.

The property is generally located on the northeast corner of Northeast 3rd Avenue and Northeast 3rd Street, bound by Northeast 4th on the north, and spans a net 1.89-acres within the Downtown Master Plan area of the Regional Activity Center—City Center (RAC-CC), which allows for the highest intensity and density of uses. 

Ombelle by ODA-Architecture

The parking levels between floors 2-9 are fully lined with residential units along Northeast 4th Street and Northeast 3rd Avenue and partially along Northeast 3rd Street. 

The balconies on the podium liner units have varied depths and lengths.

An outer vertical trellis frames the podium and provides an expressive architectural element using language from the towers. 

The balance of the podium garage screen is lined with perforated metal panels and planters.

Ombelle by ODA-Architecture

Residences would come in a mix of studio, jr. one-bed, one-bed, one-bed + den, and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging between 413 to 1,009 square feet. 

Based on the sizing of the units, these are likely rentals. 34% of the unit mix, equating to 378 units, are one-beds. 

Amenities on the 10th floor would include a lushly landscaped 51,537-square-foot deck with two pools, seating and lounging areas, a fitness center with adequate locker rooms, a spin cycle room, yoga and dance studios, a spa, coworking spaces, a chef’s kitchen, and dining areas, library, bar, and lounge and a gaming lounge.

Project: Ombelle
Architects: ODA-Architecture P.C.
Landscape Architects of Record: Witkin Hults + Partners 
Civil Engineers: Flynn Engineering 
Developers: Dependable Equities