957 Pacific Street building / Loadingdock5 Architecture

Architect: Loadingdock5 Architecture
Location: Brooklin, , USA
Project Team: Harry Knoll, Werner Morath and Sam Bargetz
Structural Engineering: Murray Engineering
MEP: Klein, Levin Engineering
Expediting: Joseph Fellner
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Lins


We moved all circulation as stairs, elevators and corridors to the perimeter of the building to create simple rectangular floor-through apartments.

The exterior corridors facing south also function as generous sized balconies, almost vertically stacked front porches.


The 18 apartments are nearly identical. They are about 800 sqft with the freestanding bathroom / kitchen unit separating the living area from the bedroom.

The bedroom can be further divided with a retractable wall into a bedroom / home office. The front and rear windows enable easy cross-ventilation.

Cite: "957 Pacific Street building / Loadingdock5 Architecture" 17 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=19684>
  • http://www.bronsonharrington.com Bronson

    It’s a pleasant surprise and a reminder not to judge a book by it’s cover.

    I really love the minimlist simplicity and stylish undercurrent. This is definitely my kind of living space.

    Thanks for posting :)

  • patentpolice

    Developer should be commended for taking a risk and not following the standard developer formula. It seems like a long time since a NYC developer built something with elevators and stairs open to the outside. I’ve only seen that in low-income areas (LeFrak City, an old brick development in Cobble Hill), yet this project doesn’t recall that at all. Most developers would balk at an external stair, but this one (and the architect) saw an opportunity.

    And smart use of FAR regulations, assuming those balconies don’t count against you. More total apt with same FAR.

    Probably cold as hell in the winter, but good design. Plans are beautifully simple. LA living in Williamsburg.

  • eg

    Spelled Brooklyn wrong ;)

  • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

    Nice project. It would be great if the screens on the facades were solar panels or evacuated tubes or something. I like the simplicity of the interior design.

  • http://www.ateliermaterial.blogspot.com Franco

    Keep it fun, guys!

  • John

    I walked past this building the other day… very interesting design but there’s a huge hole in the ceiling on the 4th floor. Looks like there’s some design/build issues still outstanding!