A new landmark on the Brooklyn skyline, TEN Arquitectos’ DBCD (Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District) South building at 300 Ashland, is nearing completion, with tenants expected to move in by the end of the summer. The mixed-use building will feature 379 apartment units and will also become the new home of a number of cultural tenants, including the performing arts organization 651 Arts, MoCADA, Brooklyn Academy of Music cinemas, and a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Reacting to its site and context, the 32-story tower has been articulated as three volumes: a central circulation spine and two flanking volumes, where the apartments are located. The tower is skinned in perforated aluminum, which will pick up the colors of the surrounding streets, buildings and sky.
Located in booming downtown Brooklyn, the tower rises from the south section of a triangular site at the intersection of Flatbush, Ashland, and Lafayette Avenues in downtown Brooklyn – its slim footprint allowing the majority of the site to be dedicated to a new 15,000 square foot public plaza.
The building podium is comprised of a series of outdoor landscaped terraces that create public spaces screened from the noise of Flatbush avenue and visually connected to the Grand Plaza. The terraces allow for entrances into the building on multiple levels, and the opportunity for outdoor programming like film screenings, dance performances or farmer’s markets.
On the ground floors, the building will house 50,000 square feet of cultural space and 43,000 square feet of retail space along Flatbush Avenue. By folding the civic plaza upwards, the retail space can line the full perimeter of the base, avoiding an internalized “mall organization.”
The bulk of the 32-story tower will be residential, featuring studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units (20% of which are affordable housing), a 24 hour gym and a 29th floor outdoor roof deck designed by James Corner Field Operations.
Location300 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States
Design TeamEnrique Norten, Andrea Steele, James Carse, Joe Murray, Vi Ngo, Dichen Ding
MEPEttinger Engineering Associates
Civil EngineerPhilip Habib & Associates
Landscape DesignWorkshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect
GeotechnicalLangan Engineering & Environmental Services
ExpeditorWilliam Vitacco Associates
LightingHorton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Theater and AVFisher Dachs Associates, Inc
AcousticsLally Acoustical Consulting LLC
CodeWilliam Vitacco Associates
TheaterFisher Dachs Associates, Inc
AVFisher Dachs Associates, Inc
Interior DesignerWilliam Vitacco Associates
Code ConsultingWilliam Vitacco Associates