ODA’s Design for Rheingold Brewery Site Seems to Be Inspired by Cliff Dwellings


We finally have renderings for the ODA-designed project making up one of 10 large buildings in the massive Rheingold Brewery mega-development coming to Bushwick. Like most ODA designs, unsurprisingly, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes. But we are pretty blown away by the unusual concept for the entire complex, which occupies most of a block. It remains to be seen if the reality will be as good as the renderings, but it is certainly one of the most interesting buildings going up in Brooklyn.

The seven-story, 392-unit project will be topped with a 25,000-square-foot green rooftop. The zigzagging roof will incorporate a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, according to The Real Deal, which was first to publish the renderings. Other amenities include a 19,000-square-foot interior courtyard with a dog run, a fire pit and a mini amphitheater, as well as a climbing wall, coworking spaces, cafe and a gym, The Daily News reported.

The Rabsky Group developed project at 10 Monteith Street will be 20 percent affordable. There will be 123 studios, 228 one-bedrooms and 41 two-bedrooms, half of which will feature private outdoor space, according to The Real Deal.

We think the angular green roof is pretty innovative and needed in an area of Bushwick where there isn’t much public green space. The stepped, boxy design allows more apartments to have private outdoor space and offers an interesting transition from the street level.

The look of it makes us think of self-contained preindustrial communities such as pueblo or cliff dwellings with communal gardens. Despite the back-to-the-future feel, of course it’s a regular private, for-profit development. It all seems very Brooklyn.

What are your thoughts on the design?

Revealed: Simon Dushinsky’s Rheingold Brewery Project [TRD]
Developer Wants to Bring Futuristic Zigzag Green Roof to Bushwick Brewery Site [NYDN]
Rheingold Brewery Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderigs by ODA New York

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