06/05/14 9:30am


Finally, a new Williamsburg development that has some design potential: Curbed unearthed a rendering and discovered that the architect for the big building going up at 287 Broadway near Marcy in South Williamsburg will be Morris Adjmi Architects, which also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill and the Wythe Hotel. The address of the development has changed and will now be known as 282 South 5th Street.

The tall, setback portion of the building will be a cube encased by a transparent, presumably glass and steel, exoskeleton. The architects of record are still Goldstein, Hill & West. It will be a rental building, with 13 stories and 82 apartments. There will be 24 studios, 40 one-bedrooms, 18 two-bedrooms and extensive amenities, including “26,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space,” Curbed said. This will include “private garden plots, a dog run, fire pit, barbecues, [and] an outdoor cinema screen.”

The base of the structure will not be residential but will house 29,964 square feet of retail and 6,895 square feet of community facility space. There will also be 166 parking spaces underground. The developer is Midwood Investment & Development.

What do you think of it?

Morris Adjmi-Designed Apartments Coming to South 5th Street [Curbed]
Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects via Curbed

06/04/14 10:45am


We found a new, more detailed rendering tacked to the construction fence at 313 St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, where S3 Architecture has designed a 76-unit rental building around a courtyard. The rendering shows more detail about the facade, which apparently will be made up of blocks of concrete or some other material with fine lines and a speckled texture subtle gradations of color. One of the most interesting things about the building is the shadow-box window frames, which in the first rendering were depicted in a brighter shade of neon yellow.

The building will have an interior courtyard and an unusual footprint to accommodate the oddly shaped lot, which runs between Underhill and Washington. A peek through the fence revealed the site has been cleared although construction has not yet started. Click through to the jump to see the site.

What do you think of the building design?

76-Unit Rental Planned for Prospect Heights Parking Lot [Brownstoner] (more…)

05/12/14 4:00pm

Five architecture teams have reimagined Forest City Ratner’s controversial plan for Atlantic Yards with creative and cutting-edge designs for an exhibit opening next month at a Prospect Heights gallery. Each proposal had to incorporate 4,728,000 square feet of housing, 156,000 square feet of retail, and 1,234 parking spaces — numbers drawn from FCR’s master plan. The architects hope to spark a public debate and find a more contextual, less problematic way to develop the site.

OperA Studio designed a futuristic, twisting structure (pictured) where angled planes meet to create lots of public green space on top of the buildings. It links the high-rise residential towers with ground-floor commercial space, the Barclays Center and the Atlantic Terminal Mall. Then Amoia Cody Architecture takes on the problem of private green space with tetris-like “vertical lots” that include a terrace “yard” for each floor.

In a plan called “Quilted City,” Joshua Zinder Architecture examines how “layering” high-rise apartment towers around the Barclays Center and a relocated Atlantic Terminal could create several public spaces. And a fourth series of renderings from Matthias Altwicker and Farzana Gandhi envisions eight-story, movable blocks in a huge grid. Essentially, the blocks could become commercial, housing or manufacturing space, depending on the need. The fifth proposal, from David Cunningham Architecture Planning, isn’t described on the exhibit’s website.

“Five Proposals for the Future of Atlantic Yards” opens June 5 at Warehouse 623 at 623 Bergen Street.

We’ve included more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the renderings and proposals? Are they realistic?

Rendering by OperA Studio


05/08/14 4:00pm

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The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 14th Building Brooklyn Awards, which evaluate new construction and renovation projects ranging from schools to historic restorations, at the Only Brooklyn Real Estate Summit on Tuesday. Fort Greene’s very modern Theater for a New Audience won in the Arts and Culture category, and the Weeksville Heritage Center (pictured) won for Civic/Institutional.

Other winners included the Coney Island YMCA, Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Pave Academy Charter School in Red Hook, the restoration of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Coney Island’s planned comfort stations, the Gowanus Whole Foods and Brookland Capital’s Bed Stuy offices.

Kickstarter’s fancy eco-friendly offices in the Eberhard Pencil Factory also made the cut, as did the design for CAMBA Gardens in Flatbush and Two Trees’ revamp of a brick factory at 25 Washington Street. Click over to this slideshow created by the Chamber to see photos and renderings of all the winning buildings.

What do you think of the selections?

04/29/14 4:00pm


Architectural historian, tour guide and writer Suzanne Spellen, aka Brownstoner columnist Montrose Morris, will give an illustrated talk on Brooklyn architecture at the New York Public Library Thursday. “The Architects and Architecture of Brooklyn: 1870-1930″ will focus on the borough’s best architects, builders and buildings.

Spellen will explore their lives and times, including how society and technology shaped their work. The event takes place Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 pm at the Mid-Manhattan Library. For more information, see the library’s events pages.

04/25/14 4:00pm

1910 Postcard, East New York Project.

The Municipal Art Society will be giving a walking tour of the architecture of Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills and Highland Park Saturday. The tour, led by Joe Svehlak, will start with the 1849 Evergreens Cemetery and include mansions, civic buildings, row houses and a church by Richard Upjohn. Above, a 1910 postcard showing Arlington Avenue in Cypress Hills.

The tour takes place April 26 at 11 am. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for others. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the listing on the MAS page.

Image via East New York Project

03/19/14 10:45am


We were dismayed to see that a fire appears to have gutted the twin Parfitt Brothers-designed tenement buildings at 472-474 Lafayette Avenue near Dough in Bed Stuy. We’re not sure when the fire occurred — it could have been months ago, since we hadn’t passed by here in a while.

Windows are boarded up in the front and along the opposite side, so it’s possible both buildings have been emptied out. The buildings are visually prominent on the street because of their architecture and colorfully painted terra cotta ornamentation. (The paint is a relatively recent embellishment.) They were a Building of the Day in 2011. In 2013, the one on the right, No. 474, changed hands for $1,400,000.

Does anyone have any details of what happened? Click through to the jump to see the side of No. 474 and a closeup of the painted terra cotta details from November. GMAP (more…)

03/04/14 4:00pm

adaptive-reuse-030414A distinguished  panel of architects and designers will discuss the virtues and challenges of adaptive reuse at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Thursday, March 6.

Panelists include Morris Adjmi, architect of the Wythe Hotel; Joseph Vance of Joseph Vance Architecture; Daniella Romano, Vice President of Programs, Research, and Archive at Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92; Bill Hilgendorf of Uhuru Design; and photographer and co-author of “Design Brooklyn” Michel Arnaud.

“Design Brooklyn” co-author Anne Hellman will moderate. A book signing and beer for sale will follow the discussion.

“Adaptive Reuse in Brooklyn: Buildings, Rooms, and Objects” takes place at 128 Pierrepont Street from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

02/25/14 10:00am


The huge rental building — shrouded in mystery until its owner, Sam Boymelgreen, was revealed last week — at 33 Caton Place in Windsor Terrace will have what looks like a gray brick and rusted steel exterior, judging by this rendering a reader found on the architect’s website. While the materials and massing look a little bit dark and brooding in the rendering, we think the materials are interesting and it could be appealing from the street in person. The large street-level windows look pedestrian-friendly.

The architects are DJ Associates Architect PC and Luca Andrisani Architects. The 126-unit building, called The Kestrel, will have a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. “Amenities will include a gym, spa, media room, business center, lounge, child playroom, attended parking, rooftop recreation spaces and concierge service,” said the architect’s site. As we mentioned last week, leasing will start in April.

What do you think of the design?

33 Caton Place [DJ Associates]
Mystery Windsor Terrace Build Belongs to Boymelgreen, Will Start Renting in April [Brownstoner]

02/24/14 10:00am


A reader sent in this snapshot of the design for the single-family townhouse going up on a Clinton Hill corner near Pratt. It looks another neo-Georgian special. In our opinion, this style would be more at home in a Las Vegas re-creation of London or a Thomas Kinkade painting (if he painted urban landscapes) than brownstone Brooklyn.

Click through to the jump for a shot of the construction site last week and another from December.

New Single Family Townhouse Is Going up on Clinton Hill Corner Near Pratt [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)