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Poly Prep Lower School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

  • Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
  • Location: 50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
  • Original Architect: Montrose Morris, Romanesque Revival Hulbert Mansion
  • Cost: $20 million
  • Client: Poly Prep Country Day School
  • Landmark Status: Park Slope Historic District
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Jonathan Wallen

© Jonathan Wallen © Jonathan Wallen © Jonathan Wallen © Jonathan Wallen

Green Hotel in Williamsburg / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

© Luxigon
© Luxigon

Oppenheim Architecture + Design recently won the international competition to design a new hotel in Brooklyn, NY. A third pillar of the Williamsburg Bridge to emerge after 108 years. Their design of the Williamsburg hotel attempts to capture the essence of this vibrant neighborhood. Adjacent to both the Williamsburg Bridge and the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank, the building expresses itself as three dramatically proportioned, rectilinear volumes of varied height and materiality. Soaring high above the neighborhood, the hotel becomes the third pillar of the bridge, while serving as an archetypical tower to the domed basilica of the historical bank.

Sustainability was once again an important issue for Oppenheim Architecture + Design. The hotel will have geothermal, wind, and solar power generation, along with other resource saving strategies, for which they achieved Platinum LEED rating. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Jean Nouvel Jewelbox Houses Historic Carousel in NYC

© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Since it’s opening on September 16th, the Jean Nouvel acrylic encasement and historic Jane’s Carousel has become a landmark in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park for New York families. The welcoming public pavilion offers spectacular views of the East River, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the Manhattan skyline.

Continue reading for more detailed information and images.

Nitehawk Cinema and Apartments / Caliper Studio

© Ty Cole
© Ty Cole

Though primarily known as Wiliamsburg’s only first-run movie house, this project is in actuality an expansive 23,000 square foot mixed-use building with three floors of residential apartments above the cinemas, bar, café commercial kitchen housed in the retrofitted brick warehouse below. All of the apartments have access to outdoor space in the form of private roof decks at the penthouse level and shared courtyard access for the floors below. Caliper Studio designed all phases of the project from the earliest design studies through the construction process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gowanus Connections Exhibition at SET Gallery in Brooklyn

Courtesy of Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle, Brandon Specketer
Courtesy of Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle, Brandon Specketer

Gowanus Lowline Competition: Connections will be exhibiting winning entries from the Open Ideas Competition on Thursday, September 15th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the SET Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Check out the winners here: Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners. The competition was framed with the goal of inspiring projects that questions and confronted urban development in postindustrial sites. The open-ended program asked for a “pedestrian-oriented architecture” that engaged the canal and the watershed, long neglected as an industrial and manufacturing zone. This competition is a first of a series that focuses on the connections in and around the canal. As it is right now, the Gowanus Canal is just out of reach, and with its levels of contamination – which the EPA is begining to address – it may be for the best.

'Breaking Borders: New Latin American Architecture' Exhibition

Courtesy of Latin Pratt
Courtesy of Latin Pratt

Pratt Institute School of Architecture and Latin Pratt, a student research organization, will present “Breaking Borders: New Latin American Architecture,” an exhibition highlighting contemporary architecture of the past 10 years from 45 firms representing more than 10 countries in Latin America from September 8 through November 30, 2011, at the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery at 61 Saint James Place in Brooklyn.

The exhibition and opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 8 are free and open to the public. It is curated by Ivan Rumenov Shumkov, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of undergraduate architecture, and Andres Chavez and Julio Martinez, both students in Pratt’s undergraduate architecture program and founders of Latin Pratt. More information on the event after the break.

Portaali / Gia Wolff

Courtesy Gia Wolff
Courtesy Gia Wolff

Gia Wolff’s latest architectural installation features a 25 ft diameter portal suspended above 2 Avenue between 36 and 35 Street in Industry City, Brooklyn.  As part of Superfront Public Summer, the site specific piece is a reaction to the existing typological conditions and explores potential scenarios for the future of Industry City. Finnish for ‘portal’, Portaali refers to the Scandinavian dock workers who used to occupy the buildings in the late 1900s.

More about the installation, including a video, after the break.

Twin Condominiums / LOCAL

  • Architects: LOCAL
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Architect: LOCAL
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: A-Frame Studio

© A-Frame Studio © A-Frame Studio © A-Frame Studio © A-Frame Studio

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Building Brooklyn Awards

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce holds the annual Building Brooklyn Awards. Currently accepting nominations for the 11th Annual Buidling Brooklyn Awards, the event is a signature real estate industry event that recognizes recently completed new, and renovation construction projects, that have a positive impact on the borough’s economy and quality of life.

The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the business conditions and economic climate of Brooklyn. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011, at the Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More information and images from last year’s winners after the break.

The New Domino / Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Rafael Vinoly Architects
© Rafael Vinoly Architects

Earlier last week, the City Council of New York City decided to move forward with Rafael Viñoly Architects’ master plan for the New Domino in Brooklyn. While the historic sugar refinery complex, with its familiar yellow signage, has achieved landmark status and will be preserved, the 11.2 acre-site will be outfitted with 2,200 new apartments – 660 of which are affordable housing – and four acres of public park space including a riverfront esplanade along the East River in Brooklyn.

More about the master plan after the break.

Superfront / Mitch McEwan / Urban Omnibus

Check out this great video we spotted over at The Architect’s Newspaper Blog by Urban Omnibus.  The video’s subject, Mitch McEwan, speaks about Superfront, a space for architectural experimentation located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.  Throughout the video, McEwan emphasizes that the collaboration between the architect and interdisciplinaries is the way for architecture to break out of its isolated shell and affect the broader public.  As McEwan points out, architecture cannot become a contained subject that is purely debated and discussed by architects.  After all, in order to create places that suit the public, a vital relationship must be fostered between the designer and the community.  McEwan also calls to attention the fact that if we want to expand the influence of the architect, we have to, basically, make our “architecture not just about architecture all the time”.   We have to create something real and meaningful; our architecture must speak to the site, the local culture, and most importantly, those who will be occupying the space.  What do you think of the video and McEwan’s ideas?

East River Park Museum Competition Winner

The East River Park Museum Competition in Brooklyn, New York have just announced it’s winner. We really love it’s simplicity and good use of materials. We couldn’t find out who designed it, so if you know, please do tell us!

Proposal after the break.