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A press release from JMH Development and Madison Estates just landed in our in-box, and it says architect Morris Adjmi will design a “luxury boutique condominium development” at 70 Henry Street, the former home of Brooklyn Heights Cinema. As you may recall, Adjmi also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. We expect he’ll come up with something Landmarks will like in this spot.

“This project will work to both enhance the dynamic neighborhood with unique architecture, while filling the historic district’s inherent demand for new construction,” said a JMH Development exec in the release.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.

As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.

Apartment Design for Atlantic Avenue Gas Station Site Needs a Tuneup, Landmarks Decides [Eagle]
Landmarks Commission Not Ready to Approve New Building at 112 Atlantic Avenue [NYY]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by BKSK Architects via NYY

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The Times has published the first full rendering and pricing for The Boerum condo-hotel headed for 265 State Street. Asks will start at $825,000 and go as high as $4,250,000 for condos ranging in size from a 765-square-foot one-bedroom to a 2,800-square-foot five-bedroom.

Developer and designer Flank aims to fit into the brownstone neighborhood with prewar-style interior floor plans, according to the Times story. We can get behind that. The exterior looks nice too. Making the brick divisions appear to weave over and under each other is a nice touch. What do you think of it?

A New Brooklyn Condo With a Prewar Aesthetic [NYT]
Boerum House and Home Shuts as Condo-Hotel Preps to Launch Sales [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank

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New York YIMBY has published the first rendering of the 28-story tower that is coming to replace a brownstone with rent-stabilized units at 436 Albee Square. It will be part of a growing cluster of towers rising downtown, sitting across the street from City Point, next door to a 65-story tower, and not far from the tower planned to rise next to Junior’s.

ODA is the architecture firm behind several lower rise developments in Brooklyn that look like stacks of cubes. This tower is more sleek but still interesting with undulating balconies and screens that form a geometric design on the facade. What do you think of it?

Revealed: 436 Albee Square, ODA-Designed Downtown Brooklyn Tower [NYY] GMAP
Mixed-Use, 28-Story Tower Planned to Replace Brownstone Near City Point [Brownstoner]
Rendering by ODA via NYY

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ODA Architecture has replaced Karl Fischer as the designer of a 45-unit mixed-use building going in on the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt in Fort Greene, home to a Gulf gas station, and New York YIMBY got ahold of ODA’s new rendering for it. It looks quite boxy to us, but at least it’s not routine.

The design of the street-level retail facades are particularly interesting and original, we think. First, they are double height, and second, the large expanses of small squares of glass are broken up by what appear to be rusted Corten steel panels framing the doors. We like the three-dimensional I-beam shape of these, which seems industrial yet more decorative than a flat panel.

By the way, the building will be six stories, according to the permit, even though the rendering seems to show seven or eight. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 134 Vanderbilt Avenue, Fort Greene [NYY]
Gas Stations From Fort Greene to Bed Stuy to Become Apartments [Brownstoner]
Rendering by ODA via NYY

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At last we have a rendering for the long-stalled Scarano-designed building planned for 538 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill. We think it looks really good. We like the way the facade relates to the street with lots of windows, colors and different materials. It looks like there will be a copper-colored metal screen — with window-sized openings — covering balconies and hiding the massiveness of the building behind it.

After having been stalled for years, construction is moving quickly since we last checked in August. As reported, developer Sam Boymelgreen bought the site last year. We couldn’t see behind part of the construction fence, but it looks like the five-story, eight-unit building is close to topping out.

Click through for a photo of the construction site. What do you think of the design?

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At first we thought we’d seen this rendering for 535 4th Avenue before, which The New York Observer published yesterday. But then we realized that’s because it looks so similar to the building some of the same developers are planning down the street at 470 4th Avenue.

Here at 535 4th Avenue, developers Slate Property Group, Adam America and AEW Capital Management are developing a mixed-use property with 148 apartments, as reported. Down the street at 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group are putting up a mixed-use building with 105 apartments. Aufgang Architects is designing both.

Click through to compare the two designs. What do you think of them?

Renderings Revealed for 535 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYO]
Renderings by Aufgang Architects (more…)

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Williamsburg-based architect firm Loadingdock5 has designed passive houses and condos all over Brooklyn, including some for Hello Living!, and now the group is building its own passive house apartment building at 152 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, according to New York YIMBY.  The seven-unit “Haus” is designed to be like a “baugruppe” (German for “building group”), a cooperative community that builds its own home, usually to passive house standards. It’s a popular living arrangement among architects and builders in Germany and Austria.

We’re not wild about the facade, which has a typical boxy passive house look and asymmetrical windows, but the project is intriguing. The architects say on their website that they want to prove a passive house can be built for relatively little money in New York. The four-story project will have one unit on the first floor and two each on the second through fourth floors, along with a shared garden and roof deck. Each apartment will be about 700 square feet.

The project has already been beset by costly delays, though. An energy audit by the New York City Building Department took a year. What do you think of the development?

Revealed: Haus at 152 Freeman Street, Greenpoint Passive House Baugruppe [NYY]
Rendering by Loadingdock5

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The church-to-rental-apartments conversion that started in fall 2013 at 81 Ten Eyck Street in east Williamsburg is now leasing, as BuzzBuzzHome was the first to note. There are 26 units on the market (out of a total of 40) and they start at $2,600 for a one-bedroom and go up to $5,195 for a four-bedroom, two-bath apartment.

The conversion designed by Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architects added three stories and a new exterior that leaves little trace of the original building — except, amusingly, for a cross-shaped muntin dividing four windows where an actual cross used to top a roof peak (top left).

The insides look pretty typical for new-construction rentals. Click through to see interior shots and a photo of what the building looked like mid-construction in June. What do you think of the design and prices?

81 Ten Eyck Street Listings [StreetEasy]
Williamsburg Church-to-Rentals Conversion at 81 Ten Eyck Opens Leasing [Buzz]
Williamsburg Church Conversion Chugs Along [Brownstoner]
Rendering by ND Architects (more…)

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The townhouse going in at 242 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — the one that Beastie Boy Mike Diamond is helping design and develop — is nearing the finish line. “It looks great,” said a reader who snapped this photo when he passed by last week. A tall fence made the site impossible to see, but it seems to have been replaced recently by a regular construction fence.

The architects are John and Jill Bouratoglou. A listing went up in September, and construction is supposed to wrap in December. The ask is $4,980,000, and it’s not in contract yet. What do you think of the look so far? GMAP

Under-Construction Boerum Hill House, With Beastie Boy on Design Team, Hits Market [Brownstoner]

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What do you think of this unusual design by ODA Architecture for a long-stalled apartment development at 510 Driggs Avenue near McCarren Park in Williamsburg? We’re not crazy about the look of the stacked and cantilevered cubes, but ODA’s functional explanation is intriguing.

Each of the 100 units in the five-story building will have a balcony or other outdoor space, and at least two exposures for good light and air, the firm told Arch Daily, which first published the rendering. Click through to the story to see a floor plan and other drawings that spell out the details.

“What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” the firm told the paper. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical apartment buildings and came up with a scheme that satisfies all of the above. The complexity of the form serves a noble function while also becoming a beautiful piece of architecture.”

Commenters on the story lauded the design for innovation but questioned whether it can actually be built as shown in the rendering. We’d like to point out that large prewar apartment buildings in New York City typically had similar or even better exposures. Maybe we should revisit those floor plans. (more…)

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A sign at 855 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy says a three-story building there is being turned into a five-story building and converted from commercial to residential, but a peek behind the construction fence seems to show very little or nothing left of the original building.

A stop work order was issued and the complaint was “work does not conform to approved construction documents,” suggesting that perhaps a new building permit rather than Alt-1 might be in order, but the complaint has been resolved, according to the document.

In any case, the current permit calls for 15 apartments over 15,000 square feet. A rendering on the construction fence shows a neoclassical-style facade with juliet balconies and peaked-roof style cornices flanking each side.

The property, located between Marcus Garvey and Throop, is 50 feet wide and housed a three-story factory. Click through for a look at the construction site. (more…)