Superstructure is rising at 325 Kent Avenue, the first new tower under construction at the former Domino Sugar Refinery site in Williamsburg. Developed by Two Trees Management and designed by SHoP Architects, the completed mega-development is scheduled to include seven buildings. Including the adaptive reuse of the iconic (and landmarked) 1880s refinery structure, the complex will be massive with over 1.96 million square feet and over 2,200 residential units.
Its design will also be quite unusual, with public access to extensive waterfront park grounds and playfully shaped buildings through which the waterfront will be visible from the streets around the complex.
For the first tower, SHoP designed the massing to reach its full height of 16 stories along the East River-facing Kent Avenue at the site’s west end, while stepping down to the lower scale of the Williamsburg neighborhood to the east. From the waterfront, the project will appear as a broad tower with a tall rectangular hole. As the two tower wings step down to the east, terraces are created that will give residents views of the neighborhood, with a central courtyard atop the podium roof.
The building features a five-story base with retail, parking and amenities on the lower floors and apartments beginning on the third floor. Two towers wings are set back from the base starting at the sixth floor and contain the rest of the 522 rental units. Another floor of amenities caps the two tower wings at the 16th floor, helping to complete the hole that runs through the west facade.
The exterior wall is just starting to be installed at the tower’s south facade, which SHoP has designed as a five story red brick base with metal panel cladding on the two tower wings above.
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