The plans replace earlier proposals by Rafael Viñoly, who’s design proved unpopular with local residents, so developer Two Trees commissioned an alternative that would offer taller buildings but more public spaces.
Working alongside landscape architects James Corner Field Operations (best known for its role on the High Line), SHoP Architects have planned a mixed-use complex consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space and over two-thousand new apartments.
The new surrounding buildings will be porous, featuring large openings that allow light and air to penetrate through the site and into the neighbourhood beyond.
The tallest building in the scheme is a 180-metre tower, which will be positioned beside the Williamsburg Bridge to the south. Other structures will be shorter in height, relating to the scale of buildings to the north and east, and will include a tower with a rectangular void through its middle and a school at its base, plus a 600-unit apartment building.
A new 500 metre long open park space will be created along the waterfront and will offer multiple public uses including kayak launches, picnic areas, beer gardens and a public plaza for larger events such as fairs, performances and ceremonies. The park will also include a section dedicated to using salvaged pieces and materials of the Domino Sugar Factory.
This new design marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in Brooklyn, and potentially become the new image of Brooklyn for the whole world.