Glassy Design for On-Hold Greenpoint Development Includes Sky Bridge, Rooftop Garden

Design by Young Kim, rendering by Atlantis Arts Studio


Buildings will soon be rising right and left along Greenpoint‘s waterfront, but the design for this possible development at 53 Huron Street is a bit more interesting than average.

The block-long site is directly south of the Greenpoint Landing megaproject and a 10-minute walk from the Karl Fischer-designed patchwork at 26 West Street.

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Design by Young Kim, rendering by Atlantis Arts Studio

Designed by Architect Young Kim of the Queens-based firm Tan Architect, the two boxy towers — one 15 stories tall and the other 22 stories tall — have glassy curtain wall facades, each with a rectangular metal screen shading the middle apartments. The slatted rectangular screens add interest to the facade, suggesting a pair of giant doorways.

Kim estimates the shorter building will have 210 apartments and the taller will have 306 units.

The two structures also share a base topped by an expansive roof garden and terrace. Wood panels on the facade of the lower floors conceal a parking garage and add visual weight to the base of the structure.

But the most noteworthy detail? A sky bridge.

The 12th-story span — only barely visible in one of the more refined renderings — will connect the two towers, Kim told Brownstoner.

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Test Model of 53 Huron showing the connecting bridge. Rendering by Tan Architecture

The angled cross-braces of the bridge provide a visual break from the predominantly vertical and horizontal lines of the rest of the structure. It’s visual flair.

But will this development even be built? Kim told Brownstoner that the project is currently on hold. The site’s owner is listed as the real estate division of Quadrum Global, a private investment company that bought the site for $45,000,000 in 2014.

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[h/t: 6sqft]

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