Cracked, Mirrored Building Coming to Graham Avenue in Greenpoint


Mirrored cracks are a common theme in two buildings architect firm Charles Mallea is planning for Bed Stuy and Greenpoint. The same architect whose cracked and mirrored design for 410 Tompkins Avenue upset locals is planning a similar building at 555 Graham Avenue in Greenpoint, pictured above.

The Greenpoint building will not feature mirrored cracks all around but rather just one that appears to split the building in two. Because the mirrored section is less jagged than the ones on the Bed Stuy building, it looks more modern and less like lightning bolts. It provides a focal point for the facade and marks the building’s entrance.

As for the details on the building, technically an addition, it will have four stories and 14 apartments. The rendering was first published by New York YIMBY last week.

Charles Mallea has several major buildings in progress in north and central Brooklyn. The ones whose designs have been published are much more conventional. Examples include the 57-unit building replacing a laundromat at 75 Ralph Avenue in Bed Stuy and a 14-unit building at 774 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick, both pictured below.

What do you think of the look of 555 Graham Avenue?

Revealed: 555 Graham Avenue, Greenpoint Residential Conversion and Expansion [NYY]
Charles Mallea Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Charles Mallea

Above, 410 Tompkins Avenue.

The building above will have 57 units and replace a laundromat at 75 Ralph Avenue in Bed Stuy.

Above, a 14-unit building planned for 774 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick.

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