The Newark Central Planning Board recently approved proposals to construct The Halo, a massive three-tower residential development. Located at 289-301 Washington Street, the 44-, 48-, and 52-story towers step up to a final height of 565 feet and will be the tallest structures in Newark, New Jersey.
The Halo is the latest residential tower from INOA Architecture, a Manhattan-based design studio founded by Murat Mutlu.
The building footprint will exceed 900,000 square feet. Specific components include 949 rental units, six stories of parking positioned in the lower-level podium, and an unspecified suite of amenities. While not officially announced, renderings from the INOA reveal rooftop pools, outdoor lounge areas, and periphery terraces that appear to slice through the building’s glass façade.
The massing of development resembles an asymmetric, bifurcated volume with a façade that curves inward. Each tower eventually culminates in angled crowns that are playfully arranged in opposing directions. The Washington Street elevation of the podium structure is also divided in three and resembles the upper levels of each tower, as if flipped on their sides and rested on the ground. The shortest of the towers is also rendered with a rooftop pool.
All considered, The Halo will debut as a modern addition to Newark’s prosaic cityscape and is undoubtedly an upgrade from original designs credited to Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners. Those plans called for the construction of two 40-story residential towers comprising 594 rental units.
According to Acier Holdings, developer of The Halo, the first phase of construction is expected to break ground this fall and will establish a portion of the podium structure and the first tower. Phase one is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.