The Newark Central Planning Board recently approved proposals to build the Halo, a massive three-tower housing estate. The 44-, 48-, and 52-story towers are located at 289-301 Washington Street and reach a final height of 565 feet. They will be the tallest structures in Newark, New Jersey.

The Halo is the newest residential tower from INOA Architecture, a design studio founded by Murat Mutlu in Manhattan.

The building area will be more than 900,000 square meters. Specific components include 949 rental units, six floors of podium parking on the lower level, and an unspecified suite of amenities. Though not officially announced, renders of the INOA reveal rooftop pools, outdoor lounge areas, and perimeter terraces that appear to cut through the building’s glass facade.

Rendering of the lower level podium and main entrance of The Halo – INOA Architecture at street level

Peripheral terrace in The Halo - INOA Architecture

Peripheral terrace in The Halo – INOA Architecture

The mass of the development resembles an asymmetrical, forked volume with an inwardly curved facade. Each tower finally culminates in angled crowns that are playfully arranged in opposite directions. The elevation of the podium on Washington Street is also divided into three parts, resembling the upper levels of each tower as if they were turned on their side and resting on the ground. The shortest of the towers is also provided with a pool on the roof.

The aerial rendering illustrates the Halo INOA architecture

The aerial rendering illustrates the Halo INOA architecture

Rooftop Pool at The Halo - INOA Architecture

Rooftop Pool at The Halo – INOA Architecture

All in all, The Halo is introduced as a modern addition to Newark’s prosaic cityscape and is undoubtedly an improvement on the original designs attributed to Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners. These plans provided for the construction of two 40-story residential towers with 594 rental units.

Previous rendering of The Halo at 289-301 Washington Street - Architects and Planners from Minno & Wasko

Previous rendering of The Halo at 289-301 Washington Street – Architects and Planners from Minno & Wasko

According to Acier Holdings, the developer of The Halo, the first phase of construction is expected to lay the foundation stone and build part of the pedestal structure and the first tower this fall. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

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