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


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


Pratt will celebrate the official opening of its design incubator in the Pfizer Building in Bed Stuy with an invitation-only event Tuesday evening, a spokesperson told us. Located at 630 Flushing Avenue on the seventh floor of the former pharmaceutical factory, The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) has room for 30 startups and now houses 17 venture and research fellows, according to its website. Move-ins started some time ago, and Pratt held a ribbon cutting when it announced the center about a year ago.

The center is focused on fashion design and has a small sewing factory capable of producing one to 100 units of an item. There are also laser cutting machines, digital printers for textiles, and knitting machines, all of which are handy for quickly making samples and prototypes. There are also design and testing labs for new dyes, finishes and digital creation. A showroom and event space can be used for work, a lecture hall, performances or a fashion runway, according to the center’s website. 

Pfizer Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


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…)


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…)


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…)


A rendering for a medical complex planned for 5515 8th Avenue in Sunset Park reveals a boxy, glassy building with stepped bands of gray and white stripes. With its alternating swathes of clear and opaque glass, it reminds us of a layered gelatin dessert — one that been digitally sliced and offset with computer graphics. But at least it’s not boring. The architect is Raymond Chan, who is prolific in Queens, especially Flushing.

The developer is Andy Wong of Golden 8th Avenue Realty Corp., according to New York YIMBY, which first published the rendering. Permits call for six stories with 13,000 square feet of retail and 42,500 square feet of medical office condos, There will also be an underground parking garage going down three levels with parking for 150 cars.

The building will replace a one-story commercial building and is slated to open in fall 2017, according to YIMBY. It is located six blocks down the avenue from the planned Sunset Park mega mall with four towers at 6208 8th Avenue. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 5515 8th Avenue, Sunset Park Medical Office Building [NYY]
Rendering by Raymond Chan via NYY


A rendering has been revealed for the mixed-use development planned for what is now a gas station on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street in Cobble Hill — but Community Board 6 has already rejected it. The look of the building for 112 Atlantic Avenue is “too glassy” and it “destroys the gateway entrance into the Cobble Hill Historic District,” DNAinfo reported members of the board said.

We have to admit we’re a little surprised – the design looks mostly brick to us and vaguely reminiscent of an early 20th century factory. It doesn’t look particularly offensive, nor does it look like a modern office building, as new developments so often do. (Although one board member said he thinks it does look like a modern office building.) Landmarks will take a look November 18.

Developers are Avery Hall Investments and On the Level Enterprises; the architect is BKSK Architects. Click through for a recent shot of the site. What do you think would work on this corner?

Proposed Luxury Building in Cobble Hill Called “Too Glassy” [DNA]
Rendering via DNAinfo


608 Franklin Avenue

ODA Architecture has designed a boxy, glassy building – with multi-paned windows somewhat reminiscent of an old factory building — to replace the brewery at 608 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights.  New York YIMBY was the first to publish the rendering.

The specifics of the plans have changed slightly: The building, which will be quite large and take up much of the block between Bergen Street and Dean Street, will rise to eight stories and have a total of 130,00 square feet. There will be 120 rental units — studios, one and two bedroom units. Twenty percent of the units will be income-restricted, according to NYY. The mixed-use building will have 19,000 square feet of retail space.

The development will replace three rundown, low-rise structures on the Dean Street side of the property, not the 19th century brick brewery building on Bergen (as we’ve previously mentioned). The corner lot also has 141 feet of frontage on Franklin Avenue.

While the design reminds us of buildings in the Ladies’ Mile area in Manhattan rather than Crown Heights, it strikes us as a far cry above the majority of new construction. What do you think of it?

Revealed: ODA’s 608 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Eight Story Mixed-Use Building to Replace Part of Crown Heights Brewery [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering: ODA Architecture via NY YIMBY


Architect Francis Cauffman’s design for the Hotel Workers Healthcare Center and Office Building at 620 Fulton Street in Fort Greene departs from the usual glassy cube or tower. It is “teardrop shaped,” according to the architect, with a textured glass facade. (We assume the teardrop shape refers to the footprint of the building, which sits on a triangular lot.) The curved shape and design of the facade give it a “sculptural,” “dynamic” quality — we agree, the striations on the facade make the building appear to be moving.

The facade is a unitized curtain wall system — aka it’s a non structural facade made of pieces joined together — and the materials are fritted glass and 10-inch glass fins that project from the building, according to New York YIMBY, which first published the renderings. (Fritted glass is porous; there is such a thing as fritted glass whose pattern can change from opaque to transparent to control light and heat, although we don’t know if that’s the case here.)

Or, in the architect’s words: “These architectural features will appear to dissolve the edges of the building and create a dynamic, sculptural form that gives a different impression to passersby from different vantage points.”

It does give the impression of motion or ripples.

The office and medical center will be 12 stories, as already reported. More than half of the office space will be leased out, and there will shops on the ground floor. Construction is slated to start this spring, with move-in set for fall 2016. The building replaces a parking lot.

Click through to see more. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 620 Fulton Street, Office Building in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY] GMAP
Renderings by Francis Cauffman