Rendering of 26 West Street by Karl Fischer

When Brownstoner last wrote about architect Karl Fischer’s underwhelming design for 26 West Street, we acknowledged that it was “a cut above” his average work. But the latest rendering of this seven-story 96-unit Greenpoint building — though still an architectural patchwork — is almost not bad.

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This U-shaped, Karl Fischer-designed apartment building at 88 Richardson Street in Williamsburg had most of its windows and part of its facade installed when we stopped by last week. The large development will have seven stories, 188 units and 139,702 square feet when it’s finished, according to the permits. There will also be 110 off-street parking spaces.


The Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 544 Union Avenue in Willliamsburg, The Union, is now 60 percent leased, tells us. The building, located on Union between Withers and Frost two blocks from McCarren Park, started leasing in November.

Rents at the glassy 94-unit building range from $2,292 a month for a studio to $3,988 a month for a two-bedroom. There are also a few three-bedrooms that don’t seem to be on the market yet.

Amenities include a putting green, a cabana, yoga room, billiard room and library, according to its website.

The Union [The Union]
544 Union Avenue Listings []
Another Karl Fischer Williamsburg Rental Building Hits the Market [Brownstoner]
Checking in at 544 Union Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP


It looks like this funeral home at the corner of Fulton and Downing Streets in Clinton Hill will be demolished soon for a six-story, 28-unit building designed by the ubiquitous Karl Fischer. Demolition applications were filed last week to knock down the three-story funeral home at 1045 and 1047 Fulton, but they haven’t been approved yet. The apartment building will have 21,048 square feet of residential space with bike storage and private terraces, according to a new plan exam application. Original plans for the site called for an eight story building with 32 units, but it appears the architect has refiled after the first building application was disapproved.

A Karl Fischer Build Coming to Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP


A new Williamsburg rental building at 544 Union Avenue called The Union has started marketing some of its finished units, Curbed reports. The Karl Fischer-designed glass monolith has apartments ranging from a studio renting for $2,292 to a two-bedroom for $3,988 a month. Several of its retail spaces are up for grabs as well, with the largest one (4,089 square feet) asking $20,000 a month. The renderings also show that the 85-unit building could have a rooftop cabana and a putting green. The building’s other amenities include a media room, gym, concierge, doorman, health club, and yoga room. Construction is expected to wrap in 2014. And in case you’re confused, this is not the same as the other Williamsburg rental building called The Union, which hit the market in 2011 and is at 568 Union Avenue.

Hot Karl’s New Williamsburg Rentals May Include Putting Green [Curbed]
The Union [The Union]
544 Union Avenue Listings []
Checking in at 544 Union Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP


The Karl Fischer-design project at 82 Irving Place, off the Putnam Triangle, has grown quickly since construction began in August. It’ll reach seven stories when all is said and done. Check out the rendering here.
Development Watch: 82 Irving Place [Brownstoner]
New Karl Fischer Build for Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Karl Fischer’s New Clinton Hill Build Rendered [Brownstoner] GMAP


The Post has a profile on Karl Fischer as uglytecture auteur that notes he’s probably the city’s most prolific architect since Robert Scarano hung up his hat. The story quotes critics like Aleksandr Mergold, architect and professor at Cornell University, who says, in part, “That Cold War look seems to come from a lack of imagination. Great business model, though.” About that business model: Fischer says he’s gotten a lot of commissions from his connections with Hasidic communities, and the article says he got his first big project—converting Williamsburg’s Gretsch Factory—because he’s able to work quickly and cheaply. For his part, Fischer says he doesn’t think he has a discernible style. Julie Golia, public historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society, is quoted as saying that criticism about Fischer’s buildings have a lot to do with where many of them have gone up, such as the Willamsburg waterfront: “It speaks to the tension between architecture and the world around it…It’s connected to the mall-i-fication of certain areas. His work lacks a point of view.”
NY’s Most Loathed Architect [NY Post]