Developer Synapse Group has chosen HWKN to be the architect of the 14-story Yotel planned for 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, and the design is a major departure for the area. HWKN sent us renderings and new details about the out-of-the-ordinary building, which will be topped by condos next to the BQE.
“The sculptural qualities of the building [connect] with Williamsburg’s artistic bent,” said HWKN principal Matthias Hollwich, and the design “will position the new Yotel as one of the most iconic buildings in New York,” according to the firm’s press release.
The level of the base is designed to “negotiate” between the BQE and the rest of the neighborhood. The stories rising above feature a “cascading, shingle effect façade that gradates in tone and finish.” Then that facade gives way to the shiny, glassy condos at the top, wrapping and revealing them.
We read it as a visual metaphor for the history of neighborhood, whose many wood frame and shingle buildings have ceded to shiny glass towers in recent years.
The 110-unit hotel will have a total of 100,000 square feet, which will include 20,000 square feet of retail, a rooftop garden at the level of the BQE, a separate parking deck and six to eight condos on the top floors. The trapezoidal site is located between Withers and Lorimer streets.
CetraRuddy was also in the running, and we published their concept drawings last month. The Wall Street Journal was the first to publish the winning design but did not name the architect. The Real Deal wrote more about the design yesterday.
Click through for another rendering that shows the colorful facade and stores at street level. We think this is one of the most interesting building designs we’ve seen in years. In fact, we think it’s brilliant. What’s your opinion? – By Rebecca Baird-Remba and Cate Corcoran
The Meshberg Group-designed brick apartment building rising on a prominent corner in Williamsburg is looking close to done, on the exterior at least. The design of 291 Metropolitan Avenue, reminiscent of 19th century warehouses and Soho cast iron buildings, stands out among the glassy boxes of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, the design caught some flak for its balconies and brick veneer from Curbed commenters when the site published renderings of it in February.
Now those elements and others are in place, including arched windows, french doors and balconies. The back is completely bricked up and has windows on the top three floors. The first floor is still under construction.
Ultimately, the five-story development will have 27 apartments and a tiny 95-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. There will also be 15 parking spots, bike storage and a roof deck. Since the lot is L-shaped, the building fronts Metropolitan, Roebling and North 4th Streets, giving it an alternate address of 206 North 4th Street. It also curves around a three-story apartment building on the corner, whose owner evidently didn’t want to sell.
Developer Adam America has released a rendering for its latest project in the Gowanus/Park Slope borderlands along 4th Avenue. The seven-story apartment building at 610 Warren Street will be stucco with large divided windows. We like the top of the building but wish there were a bit more going on at the street level, such as more windows or doors or stores rather than blank walls.
Building design along 4th Avenue has been much criticized for its lack of stores or other features at ground level that would make the area more inviting and pleasant to walk. This building is not directly on the avenue, but just off it, between 3rd and 4th avenues in Gowanus.
New York YIMBY first published the design for the 31-unit development, which has 16 parking spots on the ground floor and 36,000 square feet of residential space. Architects Issac and Stern first filed permits in late September. The property is currently home to a one-story garage and car rental business, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the garage.
Noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi will design a seven-story mixed-use condo building, above, to replace the one-story laundromat at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.
The building at 472 Atlantic Avenue will have 31 apartments and a total of 63,629 square feet, including 6,982 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to a new-building application filed yesterday. The building will have north and south sections with their own entrances. Retail will occupy the north side along Atlantic Avenue, according to the Schedule A. Residents will enter on the south side of the building, from Pacific Street.
Avery Hall Investments and Aria Development Group are the developers. Morris Adjmi’s other projects include the Wythe Hotel and 70 Henry.
The residential portion will have 16 parking spaces, 60 bike parking spots, a fitness room and storage spaces. The L-shaped property, which extends through the block from Atlantic to Pacific between Nevins and 3rd Avenue, sold for $18,025,000 in July, according to public records.
The brick and dark metal, the stepped facade with the first three floors mirroring the proportions of the surrounding brownstones, and the tall and narrow windows seem like a good fit for the neighborhood. We think it’s a big improvement over what is there now.
Listings with interior renderings and floor plans have gone up for condos at the under-construction luxury building designed by Flank, The Boereum, on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, a spokesperson told us. Opening prices are slightly less than we expected. The 20-story, 128-unit building, whose official address is 265 State Street, will have large apartments with as many as five bedrooms, but no studios. Asking prices range from $800,000 to $4,250,000.
The floor plans aren’t quite as “prewar inspired” as we anticipated. Instead of separate kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, there are strip kitchens in a great room like a lot of new developments. On the plus side, the great rooms do have two banks of windows on the long wall, a typical feature of teens and 1920s apartments. There are also proper foyers with coat closets. The kitchen design is completely modern and minimalist (we like it) and the bathrooms are more vintage-inspired in style, with white subway tile, marble, vintage industrial style light fixtures, and dark grout.
As already reported, a hotel will occupy the first six floors of the building. Curbed was the first to write about the listings.
Click through to see more interior renderings. What do you think of the design?
We found this rendering on the construction fence at 49 Franklin Street, but what is actually rising at the long-empty lot on the corner of Calyer Street in Greenpoint does not seem to match the rendering.
Building permits approved in September call for a three-story building with two apartments over ground floor retail space. There will be 2,078 square feet of residential space on the top two floors, and 1,259 square feet of commercial space at street level.
The new building has topped out, windows are in, and insulation and sheathing are going onto the structure.
We think the rendering looks pretty good, if a little gimmicky, with a more or less 19th-century-style top and modern-style storefront below, as if the retail space had subsequently been added to an older, already existing building. But if you click through to check out the construction site below, you will see the windows on the upper two floors are a completely different style and not aligned at top as they are in the drawing.
Unless a building is in a landmarked area, which this one is not, a builder has no obligation to make a development look a certain way, as long as the specifications for size and use match what has been approved by the Department of Buildings.
We hope, though, that in this case the builder conforms to the rest of the rendering, and includes the cement lintels and some kind of cornice. In fact, a simplified one might look better.
The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.
Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.
The new-construction townhouse at 259 Hoyt Street whose construction we have been following is now on the market and asking $2,749,000. The interiors strike a nice balance between modern and traditional that seems well suited to the neighborhood, in our opinion.
The overall look is not unusual for new construction, with its modern staircase and rear wall open to the garden, but it looks better executed than most, at least in the photos. The moldings have a little more heft and detail than usual, the modern-style windows and doors look large and substantial, and the kitchens and baths are nicely understated.
It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden rental. Click through to see more interior renderings.
We wish we had an updated photo of the exterior, and will try to get one soon. When we saw it last, it looked like it would fit in nicely with its older surroundings. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, according to permits.
Do you think this is an appealing new-construction townhouse? What do you think of the price?
Here’s a glimpse of what the inside of 60 Water Street in Dumbo will look like. Interior renderings are up for the units, which started leasing in early October.
The interiors are sleekly minimalist. The palette is gray and white. Although pricing is on the high end for Brooklyn (the building is next to the Brooklyn Bridge, with views), units don’t look over-the-top luxurious but well designed. We like it.
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.
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?