550 Vanderbilt Apartments / COOKFOX Architects

550 Vanderbilt Apartments / COOKFOX Architects

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Apartments  · 
Brooklyn, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project COOKFOX Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    360405.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Atlantic Link, Carnegie, DiFama Concrete, Flat Vernacular, Flor, McGrory Glass, MetalTech-USA, Mosa, NY Stone, Omnia Industries, Stone Source, Tsar Carpet
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    • Clients

      Greenland Forest City Partners
    • Landscape Base Building

    • Landscape Courtyard

    • MEP

    • Civil Engineering

    • Geotech Engineering

    • Lead Architects

      Rick Cook, Darin Reynolds, Brandon Specketer, Simon Willett
    • Design Team

      Luca Baraldo, Sylvie Blondeau, Miha Brezavšček, Hilary Catterall, Ciarán Conlon, Shai Fuller, Alejandro Garcia-Lastra Nunez, Zach Grzybowski, Leila Hirvonen, Morteza Karimi, Amanda Lehman, Zack Maurer, Jeffrey Shiozaki, Giacomo Vischi
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    © Chris Payne / Esto
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    Text description provided by the architects. 550 Vanderbilt is a 278-unit residential building located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The design and construction are driven by two prominent features of the surrounding neighborhood: the architectural character of the streetscape, and eight acres of new, publicly accessible greenspace that defines the site. The resulting relationship between landscape and architecture make 550 Vanderbilt a fitting transition between the streetscape and the new park, designed to pull in nature at all scales for the health and well-being of its residents. It is a project that mediates between the smaller scale of the brownstone and the creation of a sustainable, higher density urbanism.

    © Chris Payne / Esto
    © Chris Payne / Esto

    The approach to 550 reveals a refined composition of massing, custom-fired brick inspired by nearby historic structures, and windows that evoke the detailing and proportions of neighboring residences. Window shrouds add depth to the facades, while custom planter boxes and biomimetic-patterned screens help residents connect to nature. The street wall rises 60’ and then begins a series of gradual terraces and setbacks, acknowledging the existing urban fabric of the historic Prospect Heights community, while marking the edge of Pacific Park and the vibrant streetscape of Vanderbilt Avenue.  

    © Chris Payne / Esto
    © Chris Payne / Esto
    Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
    Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
    © Chris Payne / Esto
    © Chris Payne / Esto

    550 Vanderbilt is part of the community of Prospect Heights; connections to the neighborhood street activity are paramount. Maisonettes on Dean Street add physical and visual connectivity to the sidewalk, while the main entrance lobby is fully transparent, allowing clear views to the park from the sidewalk. Natural materials of wood and stone create an inviting, tactile experience to transition residents from the street to their homes. The transition is reinforced on every floor, where overall planning has been configured to give all residents a view to the park through day-lit elevator vestibules. Within each residence, window proportions maintain a delicate balance between maximizing daylight and views to the surrounding neighborhood and providing a sense of enclosure that reinforces the exterior weight and solidity of a Brooklyn masonry building.

    © Chris Payne / Esto
    © Chris Payne / Esto

    All units in 550 Vanderbilt, ranging in size from efficient studios to three and four bedrooms, incorporate the same mature palette of whites, grays, Carrara marble, and warm, rich woods. Custom millwork, vanities, and sustainably sourced kitchen cabinetry add a level of detail to each unit, continuing a tradition of craft found in neighboring historic buildings. Sustainability and indoor air quality measures include FSC certified wood, low V.O.C. finishes, high-efficiency energy recovery ventilators, highly filtered fresh air in every residence, and a stormwater retention system. 

    © Chris Payne / Esto
    © Chris Payne / Esto

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    Address: Brooklyn, NY, United States

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    Cite: "550 Vanderbilt Apartments / COOKFOX Architects" 24 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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