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.
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"We recognized in Red Hook the creative spirit that exists, positioning Brooklyn as the new frontier for visionary design," said Aldo Andreoli, Principal of AA Studio. "We wanted, first of all, to keep as much as possible; the purity of the existing concrete structure, incorporating at the same time the best new technologies available for energy efficiency and design quality."
The loft-style apartment spaces feature a spacious, minimal design, including full-height doors which blend with the wall when closed and large 3-pane windows which allow for uninterrupted views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan. These views were enabled by introducing five vertical circulation cores, eliminating the need for corridors and allowing each apartment to span the width of the building.
At roof level, the building features gardens accessible to the residents of the apartments. The roof also features the building's former water tower which will be converted into a penthouse apartment with 360-degree views of the area.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Location160 Imlay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
Landscape DesignFuture Green Studio