There was a time when graffiti signified dereliction and neglect. But no more — not in Bushwick, anyway.
Highfalutin architecture firm ODA — the designers of such refined boxy buildings as the Rheingold Brewery development and planned Pier 6 towers — have chosen to incorporate existing graffiti into the transformation of a dismal Bushwick warehouse into a futuristic-looking 100-key hotel with retail on the lower floors.
Slate Property Group, Adam America and ODA’s ambitious conversion of the old Jay Street Arts Building at 51 Jay Street in Dumbo from manufacturing to condos is moving along, although you’d never know it from the street. We got a look inside the landmarked building, which has been shrouded in netting for more than a year.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
At one point in the early-20th century, almost a third of Dumbo belonged to the Arbuckle Brothers Company, the country’s largest coffee company and a major purveyor of coffee and sugar. This building was part of their controversial sugar refinery.
RAL Development’s Robert Levine, far left; ODA New York’s Eran Chen. Photos by RAL and ODA
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. has chosen developer-architect team RAL Development Services, Oliver’s Realty Group and architect firm ODA New York to design and build two controversial residential towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, park officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
The winning design is more restrained than is typical for ODA but still shows its signature theme of assemblages of boxes. It also matches the existing condos right next to the sites at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, aka 360 Furman Street, a former 1920s Jehovah’s Witnesses industrial building that winning developer RAL Development Services converted to residential use a few years ago.
Significant details of the development have changed, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s call for affordable housing on the site, the lawsuit and controversy over the height of a development in another corner of the park, at the Pierhouse condos and 1Hotel.
ODA Architecture has designed a boxy, glassy building — with multi-paned windows somewhat reminiscent of an old factory building — to replace the brewery at 608 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. New York YIMBY was the first to publish the rendering.
The specifics of the plans have changed slightly: The building, which will be quite large and take up much of the block between Bergen Street and Dean Street, will rise to eight stories and have a total of 130,00 square feet. There will be 120 rental units — studios, one and two bedroom units. Twenty percent of the units will be income-restricted, according to NYY. The mixed-use building will have 19,000 square feet of retail space.
The development will replace three rundown, low-rise structures on the Dean Street side of the property, not the 19th century brick brewery building on Bergen (as we’ve previously mentioned). The corner lot also has 141 feet of frontage on Franklin Avenue.
While the design reminds us of buildings in the Ladies’ Mile area in Manhattan rather than Crown Heights, it strikes us as a far cry above the majority of new construction. What do you think of it?
Revealed: ODA’s 608 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Eight Story Mixed-Use Building to Replace Part of Crown Heights Brewery [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering: ODA Architecture via NY YIMBY
Spotted: scaffolding going up around 22-22 Jackson Avenue, the future site of a mixed-use, 10-story building with a glassy, boxy design. The developer filed a plan for 182 residential units with retail, bike storage, a library, pool, gym and rooftop space this summer. The DOB has not yet approved the plans, but did issue a demolition permit for the existing two-story building on site. The developer Jeff Gershon purchased the building, right across the street from 5Pointz, for $16,500,000 in January. Check out the rendering designed by ODA Architecture after the jump.