Boxed In

Climbing to 713 feet, Urby’s second development rises in Jersey City

Architecture East
Cantilevered Jersey City high-rise is Urby's second development.  (Courtesy Urby)
Cantilevered Jersey City high-rise is Urby's second development. (Courtesy Urby)

As those on Manhattan’s West Side would have spied, this volumetric arrangement of cantilevered blocks has been in the making for some time. Now, this Jersey City tower has been officially titled “Jersey City Urby,” marking it the second Urby location (the first was in Staten Island) from developer Ironstate who are working alongside Roseland Residential Trust for the Jersey project.

The 69-story structure is one of Jersey City‘s tallest, rising to 713 feet on the Hudson River waterfront at its official address of Harborside, 34 Exchange Place. Dutch firm Concrete designed the tower and its interior. The firm also worked on Urby’s Staten Island sister development—from where the tower is clearly visible. 762 apartments, comprising studio and one and two-bedroom units, will be on offer from February this year with prices expected to start at approximately $2,000 a month.

urby jersey city

(Courtesy Urby)

Last year, Erikjan Vermeulen from Concrete told The Architect’s Newspaper that units in Staten Island were “almost equal” to those in the Jersey City project, with the only real difference being the “U-plan” layout of the overall building. Vermeulen added that creating a “smart space” that was “efficient” while keeping the design “simple and straightforward” was a key component of Concrete’s approach.


In a press release, Urby stated that the project “is a complete rethink of the residential rental housing concept that is design driven and tailored to fit every neighborhood. Developed with the needs of the contemporary urban renter in mind, Urby offers thoughtfully designed apartments that make smart use of space.”

The Harborside location—despite being in New Jersey—is reportedly in close proximity to notable New York and New Jersey destinations: 12 minutes from Downtown Manhattan, 31 minutes from Midtown and 35 minutes from Williamsburg. Though not yet disclosed, one can also expect the tower to be laden full with amenities too. The Urby development in Staten Island which houses more than 900 residents includes a 5,000 square-foot farm managed by Farmer-in-Residence, produce of which is cooked by a resident chef. A café and even a bee hive are available to use as well.

Another Urby location will also open later this year in Harrison, New Jersey.

This article appears on HoverPin, a new app that lets you build personalized maps of geo-related online content based on your interests: architecture, food, culture, fitness, and more. Never miss The Architect’s Newspaper’s coverage of your city and discover new, exciting projects wherever you go! See our HoverPin layer here and download the app from the Apple Store.

Related Stories