Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development

S9 Architecture’s proposal. Image Courtesy of Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper

New York City have released images of fourteen tower proposals as part of a controversial scheme to bring affordable housing to the 85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, originally designed by Michael van Valkenburgh and realised in 2004. The schemes, designed to be located on “two coveted development sites” on Pier 6, have been actively met with strong opposition from local community members. The park and surrounding area has seen a number of interesting recent regeneration proposals, from an 11,000ft² beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to a triangular pier proposed by BIG. Read on to see the proposals in detail, including those by AsymptotePelli Clarke Pelli, Davis Brody Bond, and Bjarke Ingels Group ().

AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building

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AA Studio have revealed their plans for the development of Brooklyn‘s iconic New York Dock Company building, transforming the 230,000 square foot structure into a mixed-use complex of six commercial spaces on the ground floor, 70 residential loft apartments, and a rooftop deck and gardens above.

The design aims to be as faithful to the original structure as possible, retaining the existing poured concrete columns and walls and exposing the high concrete ceilings. As one of the earliest structures to use the technology, the retention and celebration of these features is a key aspect of the building’s conservation.

Read on after the break for more on the design

In Images: The Domino Sugar Factory’s Beautiful Decline

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Ten years after closing its doors, the Brooklyn Domino Sugar Refinery’s iconic forty-foot tall yellow sign is still legible along the waterfront, even from parts of Manhattan. The refinery, built in 1882, was once the largest in the world, producing over half of the sugar consumed in the United States. Sadly, the historic landmark will soon be demolished, making room for luxury living — and a handful of apartments for affordable housing, at mayor Bill de Blasio’s insistence. As time runs out, a photographer, photography editor, and historian are vying for the opportunity to thoroughly document the site and publish a book entitled Sweet Ruin: Fossils and Stories of the Brooklyn Domino Sugar Refinery.

The photographer, Paul Raphaelson, was recently given a day’s worth of access to the site by its owner, real estate development company Two Trees Management. Raphaelson was able to visit and photograph three of the refinery’s buildings, capturing the sugar-coated interiors of the hauntingly cavernous spaces. He hopes to revisit the site before it’s too late to take more photographs with the guidance of his two collaborators, photography editor Stella Kramer and historian Matthew Postal. For the compelling images and more details about the future publication, keep reading after the break.

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

Warehouse 623 Gallery is pleased to announce “Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards“, an exhibition of alternative architectural schemes for the Atlantic Yards site. “Abstracts of ”, a selection of photographs by Jean-Marc Bellaiche, will be shown concurrently.

In response to growing concerns about the direction that development of the Atlantic Yards might take and the potential impact on the surrounding communities, a group of architects exploring alternatives from a design perspective will present their work. The exhibition has been organized by architect Thomas Barry, principal of the -based design firm OPerA Studio, with contributed exhibits from five firms, including Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA+D); Amoia Cody Architecture; David Cunningham Architecture Planning; Matthias Altwicker and Farzana Gandhi; and OPerA Studio.

For more information please visit the exhibition’s official website.

Title: Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards
Website: http://warehouse623.com/ATLANTIC-YARDS
From: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 
Until: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 
Venue: Warehouse 623 Gallery
Address: 623 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Barclays Center to be Topped with Massive Green Roof

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Developers Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Greenland Group have decided to realize SHoP Architects’ original plan to top Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a 130,000 square foot green roof. Though the design was first disregarded due to budget cuts, the developers have deemed it necessary to enhance the marketability the Atlantic Yards’ three residential towers – the first is currently underway – and dampen the noise from loud concerts. Little details have been released about the green roof’s design, however rumor has it that it might not be open to the public as it was originally intended. 

WORKac to Design Brooklyn Art Facility for Eyebeam

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Eyebeam, a non-profit art and technology center currently based in Manhattan, has commissioned WORKac to design its future home. Planned for the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place, within a mixed-use development designed by Dattner Architects and Bernheimer Architecture that will include market-rate and subsidized housing as well as a restaurant, the 27,000 square foot cultural facility will accommodate for the organization’s world-renowned artist residency program, diverse public programming and innovative education offerings for adults and teens. According to the developer, Jonathan Rose Companies intends to break ground next year with completion slated for late 2016. 

LeFrak Center at Lakeside / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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Architects: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Location: Prospect , Brooklyn, NY, USA
Project Team: Erin Putalik, Nate Petty, Shengning Zhang
Project Manager: Andy Kim
Project Architect: Elisa Testa
Area: 75000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium / Allen Jack+Cottier Architects

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Architects: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects
Location: Hawkesbury River Information Centre, 5 Bridge Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083,
Project Architects: John Gunnell, Jennifer Gehbauer
Design Director : Michael Heenan
Project Director: John Whittingham
Area: 690.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of AJ+C

HAO Makes Counter-Proposal To “Save” Sugar Factory from Development in Brooklyn

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HAO, together with community group, Williamsburg Independent People, hope to save the historic site and halt the current masterplan by SHoP Architects which proposes an additional 2,200 luxury apartments along the East River waterfront in Brooklyn, New York

HAO’s counter proposal seeks to adaptively reuse the existing factory buildings, including the iconic Civil War-era Domino Sugar Refinery — which has defiantly held its ground amidst heavy in surrounding areas. Not unlike SHoP’s proposal, HAO aims to regenerate these spaces into a “world-class cultural destination” that combines public and private programs. 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center / WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/ Landscape/ Urbanism

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Architects: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225,
Site Design:
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Civil And Structural Engineers: Civil and Structural Engineers
Lighting: Brandston Partnership
Landscape Contractor: Kelco
General Contractor: EWHowell
Contractors Construction Manager: LiRO
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Booher

3C Competition Winners Announced

First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper

Operation Resilient (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.

The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Design Ice Rink for NYC

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After sitting derelict for years, the Kate Wollman Memorial Rink in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is poised for something of a rebirth. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s plans for a sports complex, known as Lakeside, is expected to restore the rink’s role as the park’s chief attraction. Michael Kimmelman recently stopped by the site to explore the project as it nears completion – click here to read his thoughts on what he calls one of the last “parting gifts of the Bloomberg era to the city.”

Weeksville / Caples Jefferson Architects PC

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Architects: Caples Jefferson Architects PC
Location: , New York, United States
Construction Manager: Hill International
General Contractor: Brickens Construction
Area: 23000.0 sqm
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Julian Olivas

City Modern Home Tours

SkyHouse by David Hotson Architect / © Eric Laignel

Visit some of the city’s most gawk-worthy homes designed and furnished by ’s top architects and interior decorators. From a penthouse with a three-story slide to the ultimate man cave, these private residences exemplify ingenuity, innovation, and forward-thinking urban design.

The week kicks off on September 27 with a Meet the Architects celebration, followed by a weekend of mag-worthy City Modern home tours in Manhattan and Brooklyn. From real life chutes and ladders at the Skyhouse – the four-story penthouse in the Financial District, complete with an 80-foot-long mirror-polished stainless steel slide – to the decked out, James-Bond-meets-Barbarella Brooklyn pad of Flavor Paper kingpin Jon Sherman – this tour is sure to stir the senses as well as great design ideas for any home. 

An A-list of notable firms bring ticket-buyers 10 breath-taking homes, including David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Architecture for Humanity. The Meet the Architects opening event on September 27 in Soho offers the chance to meet them all and to get a sneak peek of the homes.

BIG Designs Pier 6 Viewing Platform for Brooklyn’s Waterfront

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Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to , into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for “a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform” close by.

Reviving Brooklyn’s Waterfront, 19th Century Warehouses Evolve Into 21st Century Hubs

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After fifty years of neglect the Empire Stores, located next to the Brooklyn Bridge, are now the most coveted waterfront property in New York. Midtown Equity has partnered with Studio V Architecture to adaptively reuse the 19th-century coffee warehouse into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, highlighted by a Brooklyn-centric cultural museum. “After the ,” says Joe Cayre, Chairman of Midtown Equities, “the Civil War era Empire Stores are the most iconic structures on the Brooklyn waterfront. As a Brooklyn native who raised my family in the borough, it is an honor for my firm to be chosen for the redevelopment of the Empire Stores.”

Learn more after the break…

Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into “Sponge Park”

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One of the ’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.

New York Announces Plans to Build Brooklyn Bridge Beach

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NYDaily News reports that the New York City Council has allocated $7 million to redevelop a 11,000 square foot swath of forgotten land into a beautiful, sandy beach beneath the Bridge. Originally conceived as part of New York’s “Blueway” plan, the project will grant access to terraced seating, wading pools and fishing areas, along with a kayak launch and concession stand via tree-lined walkways. See what else the “Blueway” entails, here on ArchDaily.