Brooklyn Design Trend: Buildings With Geometric, Tetris-Like Facades


    It’s raining Tetris buildings in Brooklyn!

    We spied another Tetris like facade going up on yet another Bushwick building at 1138 Bushwick Avenue, pictured above. The frame building was undergoing a renovation after it and its neighbors to the right and left caught fire last year. It caught fire again last week, but the facade escaped serious damage, as we detailed in this post.

    By our count, this is one of at least five buildings in Brooklyn whose geometric facades bring to mind the 1980s computer game. Most are variations on geometric patterns.

    As far as we can tell, only the brightly colored mural on the facade of 1091 Madison Street, pictured after the jump, appears to be an intentional reference to the game. See and read more below.

    Photo by Christopher Bride PropertyShark

    Above, the Ocean Blue Residence at 64 Palmetto Street has a blue and white checkerboard pattern facade.  It started renting in 2010, as we wrote at the time.

    This building at 474 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill started leasing in March, as we reported then. It was in the works for a long time — about a decade. You can read our extensive coverage over the years of the site here.

    Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

    Even the windows get into the Tetris act on this brightly colored facade at 40 Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill. It is part of the affordable housing complex called Navy Greene.

    The building, which launched in 2011, offers supportive housing for 98 single adults. It was designed by Architecture in Formation and won the Pratt Area Community Council Community Service Award for architectural innovation for special needs.


    Photo by Steve Sherman

    The mural on the facade at 1901 Madison Street in Bushwick looks just like the game of Tetris. Previously the house had white vinyl siding, until the renovation started early this year. You can read more about the renovation here.

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