Architect Gene Kaufman released this rendering for 13 Grattan Street in Bushwick, where construction is slated to begin next month on a building with artists studios and retail space, a spokesperson told us.
Revised plans now call for a four-story building with 23,000 square feet in total. On the ground floor, 8,000 square feet will be given over to retail — specifically art galleries — and restaurants. The rest will be loft space for artists with 12-foot ceilings, upper floor terraces and large windows to bring in lots of light, according to a press release.
The building will be called The AnX, as the Wall Street Journal reported last year. Developers Ted and Marianne Hovivian also own another artist studio building close by at 56 Bogart Street, known as The BogArt. The developers and Kaufman also worked together on two condo buildings in Williamsburg at 211 and 150 North 5th Street.
“The AnX is the kind of ground-up artist-work-space development that places like East Williamsburg/Bushwick sorely need,” said Kaufman in a prepared statement. “Projects like this recognize artists’ economic value to the community and enable them to remain in neighborhoods they have made into the most hip destinations in the world.”
The spaces will be leased, not owned, and could also be used for offices as long as the area is not rezoned for residential. The design should fit in perfectly in this mostly industrial section of Bushwick. What do you think of it?
Gene Kaufman-Designed Artist Studio Building in Bushwick Breaks Ground [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect