New renderings of the Domino Sugar Factory have been released ahead of a Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting on October 31.
The designs, by Vishaan Chakrabarti’s Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, replace scrapped Beyer Blinder Belle’s Landmarks-approved design, which was announced at the beginning of October.
Chakrabarti is an urbanist who previously worked on the Domino master plan when he was at SHoP.
Few developers would jettison an already LPC-approved design, but Two Trees also discarded a previous developer’s plan that had already gone through the difficult public approval process known as ULURP.
The shape of the glass top of the refinery is now barrel-vaulted instead of rectangular (echoing the building’s original American Round Arch Style), which you can see in more detail via the new renderings. It crowns a new glass building that sits inside and does not touch the historic factory walls.
The new design also proposes to add three large and decidedly modern windows to the south-facing wall.
Looking through the new renderings, what is most surprising is the height of the surrounding buildings, which tower over the refinery and already completed residential building.
[Renderings by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism via Landmarks Preservation Commission]
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