SHoP Wins Landmarks Commission Approval for Brooklyn Supertall

16:30 - 21 April, 2016
SHoP Wins Landmarks Commission Approval for Brooklyn Supertall, via YIMBY
via YIMBY

SHoP has won Landmarks Preservation Commission approval to build Brooklyn’s tallest tower at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, reports New York Yimby. Located on the same block of the former Dime Savings Bank, an individual and interior landmark, SHoP’s proposal calls for a 73-story, 1,066 foot-tall mixed-use tower. The proposal required LPC-approval because the architects want to merge the tower’s lobby with the bank and convert the atrium into a new retail component. The site’s relationship to the bank building encouraged the architects to develop a design and material choices that are heavily influenced by the proposed tower’s smaller, but no less grand, neighbor.

AIA Brooklyn and Queens Chapter Launch the Brooklyn & Queens Design Awards

13:05 - 20 February, 2016
AIA Brooklyn and Queens Chapter Launch the Brooklyn & Queens Design Awards

With the growth of new development and renovation in our two boroughs in the past five years, our professional associations are excited to collaborate on this event to celebrate the contributions of the design professions to the urban environment we all share.

In its inaugural year, the Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards (BQDA) program has been established to encourage excellence in architectural design, to raise public awareness of the built environment and to honor the architects, owners and builders of significant projects within the two boroughs. It is the goal and collaboration of the AIA Brooklyn and AIA Queens Chapters to promote chapter members and affiliates through the display of their design and service accomplishments.

James Corner Field Operations Highlights New York's Skyline with Rooftop Garden

08:00 - 17 February, 2016
James Corner Field Operations Highlights New York's Skyline with Rooftop Garden, © Matthew Williams, Courtesy of Two Trees Management Company
© Matthew Williams, Courtesy of Two Trees Management Company

James Corner Field Operations has completed a nearly 6,000 square foot rooftop garden located in the heart of the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. The garden is located on top of a seventeen-story apartment complex designed by Leeser Architecture and developed by Two Trees Management. The Dock Street Rooftop Terrace allows residents to view the panoramic scenery of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, East River, and Manhattan Skyline.

Aperture 538 / Luca Andrisani Architect

13:00 - 13 February, 2016
Aperture 538 / Luca Andrisani Architect, © Tai Zhang
© Tai Zhang

© Halstead Property Development © Tai Zhang © Tai Zhang © Halstead Property Development +20

Film Screening: Brooklyn Farmer

18:00 - 6 February, 2016
Film Screening: Brooklyn Farmer

Explore the unique challenges faced by Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers determined to run a commercially viable farm in New York City. The film Brooklyn Farmer follows the team as they set out to build the world’s largest rooftop farm within the constraints of the Big Apple.

Studio Gang Designs Brooklyn Training Facility for New York Fire Department

14:00 - 28 January, 2016
Studio Gang Designs Brooklyn Training Facility for New York Fire Department, © Studio Gang Architects
© Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang has designed a new training facility - Fire Rescue 2 - for New York's elite FDNY Company 2. Planned to be built on a Brownsville site in Brooklyn by 2017, the station uses voids as an architectural element that helps the fire team better stage and simulate emergency situations, while bringing natural light and fresh air deep into the building. 

"Company 2 is trained to respond to various emergency scenarios, from fire and building collapses to water rescues and scuba operations. During emergencies, the Company must often utilize voids in buildings, whether creating them to let heat and smoke out of a structure or locating them as a means of escape," describes Studio Gang.

National Sawdust / Bureau V

09:00 - 8 January, 2016
National Sawdust / Bureau V, © Floto + Warner
© Floto + Warner
  • Architects

  • Location

    80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
  • Area

    14200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Floto + Warner, Courtesy of Bureau V

© Floto + Warner Courtesy of Bureau V © Floto + Warner © Floto + Warner +23

ODA’s 71 White Street in Brooklyn Incorporates the Site's Graffitied Walls Into the Design

08:00 - 28 December, 2015
ODA’s 71 White Street in Brooklyn Incorporates the Site's Graffitied Walls Into the Design, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ODA New York
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ODA New York

Bushwick, now famed for its art, night life and abundance of green spaces, is one of the fastest gentrifying neighbourhoods in Brooklyn. ODA New York's 71 White Street will be the latest in new developments taking over former industrial buildings in the neighborhood -- but with a twist. Using the foundation of a former 1930s manufacturing building, 71 White will preserve its graffitied brick exterior, maintaining the character of the neighbourhood. Read more about the project after the break.

Writing Pavilion / Architensions

11:00 - 27 November, 2015
Writing Pavilion / Architensions, © Cameron Blaylock
© Cameron Blaylock
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Alessandro Orsini, Nick Roseboro
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock +20

Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper to be Designed by SHoP

11:18 - 9 November, 2015
Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper to be Designed by SHoP, The proposed "340 Flatbush" Avenue tower. Image © SHoP Architects; H/T New York Yimby
The proposed "340 Flatbush" Avenue tower. Image © SHoP Architects; H/T New York Yimby

The first image of what will be Brooklyn's tallest building has been unveiled. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 1000-foot-tall skyscraper will boast a 12:1 ratio, as New York Yimby reports, making it one of New York's skinniest towers - despite being double the width of the practice's 111 West 57th Street project

"340 Flatbush," as it's known, is being developed by JDS. Upon its (tentative) completion in early 2019, the building will offer 466,000-square-feet of residential space, forming 550 units, and 140,000-square feet of commercial space. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park: What a Design by O'Neill McVoy + NVda Says About the State of Architecture

08:30 - 26 October, 2015
Brooklyn Bridge Park: What a Design by O'Neill McVoy + NVda Says About the State of Architecture, Garden Spiral Tower on the Harbor. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects
Garden Spiral Tower on the Harbor. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects

In Mark Foster Gage’s essay “Rot Munching Architects,” published in Perspecta 47: Money, the Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture strove to find meaning in the current design landscape. Taking the essay title from a larger stream of expletives spun across the facade of the Canadian pavilion as part of artist Steven Shearer’s installation at the 54th Venice Art Biennale in 2011, Gage found truth in the vulgarities, arguing that - in a very literal sense - “architectural experimentation has left the building” as the discipline has been made impotent under the hostage of late capitalist ambition.

Last summer, when Brooklyn Bridge Park unveiled 14 proposals as finalists for two residential towers at the park's controversial pier 6 site, you could be fooled into thinking that design is alive and well. A caveat of the park’s General Project Plan (GPP) was to set aside land for retail, residential and a hotel development, in order to secure funding and achieve financial autonomy. The plans had already fueled a decade of legal battles and fierce opposition from the local community, with arguments ranging from the environment, to park aesthetics, to money-making schemes, but last year a bright outcome appeared a possibility, when the park unveiled the competing plans including those by Asymptote Architecture, BIG, Davis Brody Bond, Future Expansion + SBN Architects, WASA Studio, and of particular interest, O’Neill McVoy Architects + NV/design architecture (NVda).

Harbor Pair and Pedestrian Bridge. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects View from Manhattan. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects Garden Spiral Tower. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects Brooklyn Waterfront. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects +15

Pratt Institute's New Film/Video Department Building / Wasa/Studio A

13:00 - 20 July, 2015
Pratt Institute's New Film/Video Department Building / Wasa/Studio A, © Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin

© Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin +15

Navy Green Supportive Housing / Architecture in Formation + Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

09:00 - 10 July, 2015
Navy Green Supportive Housing / Architecture in Formation + Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, © Tom Powel Imaging
© Tom Powel Imaging

© Tom Powel Imaging © Tom Powel Imaging © Tom Powel Imaging © Tom Powel Imaging +14

The Whole Building’s a Stage in This Conceptual Cirque du Soleil Theatre Design

08:00 - 5 July, 2015
The Whole Building’s a Stage in This Conceptual Cirque du Soleil Theatre Design , Courtesy of Flying Architecture
Courtesy of Flying Architecture

A team of students from Austrian-based Studio Hani Rashid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna have unveiled their conceptual design for a Cirque du Soleil Performance Center in Brooklyn, New York.

With its interior and exterior blended together, the entire building becomes a stage. Featuring large windows that allow the public to watch performances and training activities inside, people on each side are both viewers and viewed.

ODA Unveils Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park Residential Towers

16:00 - 1 July, 2015
ODA Unveils Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park Residential Towers, © ODA Architecture
© ODA Architecture

Details have been released on a new residential project designed by ODA Architecture at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. Occupying two waterfront sites in the Pier 6 uplands development area, the project will include two10,000-square-foot buildings focused on affordable housing, community development and preserving the surrounding parkland.

COOKFOX Architects' 550 Vanderbilt Condo Opens for Sale

08:00 - 30 June, 2015
COOKFOX Architects' 550 Vanderbilt Condo Opens for Sale, Street View. Image Courtesy of VUW Studio
Street View. Image Courtesy of VUW Studio

COOKFOX Architects’ new project, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue has opened for sale. The 17-storey building will be the first of four condominiums in the 22-acre Pacific Park Brooklyn development in Prospect Heights. The project aims to create a new neighbourhood of 14 buildings, all connected to 8-acres of public green space designed by landscape architecture firm Thomas Balsley Associates. Read more about this project after the break.

Brooklyn Desks / STUDIOSC

11:00 - 4 June, 2015
Brooklyn Desks / STUDIOSC, © Garrett Rowland
© Garrett Rowland
  • Architects

  • Location

    49 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland +16

Brooklyn Academy of Music Showcases 5 Murals by Michael Graves

12:43 - 29 May, 2015
Brooklyn Academy of Music Showcases 5 Murals by Michael Graves, © Michael Graves via The New York Times
© Michael Graves via The New York Times

Brooklyn Academy of Music is showcasing five murals by the late Michael Graves as part of the institution's permanent visual art collection. All completed in 1974, the paintings were originally commissioned by Charles Gwathmey - one of the New York Five, along with Graves. And, as the New York Times reports, their "heightened use of color and ornamentation" portray a "general shift away from minimalism." Read more about the murals, here