A selection of winners from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Building Brooklyn Award
152 GRAND STREET, WILLIAMSBURG
Architect Neil Logan converted this former ice cream truck storage building into a long, column free space subdivided into public retail, an elevated skate bowl, and back of house stockroom. The Supreme store kept its old structure and gration the masonry walls to incorporate the brand’s street culture and vibe, and old and rough paint remains on the walls.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK BOAT HOUSE
10 MONTAGUE STREET,
Along the Pier 5 uplands of Brooklyn Bridge Park, this structure, by Architecture Research Office (with landscaping by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates), provides secure open-air boat storage with a multipurpose room and public restrooms on the upper floor. Built to adapt to each hour and season, appearing opaque or translucent, rugged or elegant depending on the time of day, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified project is wrapped with metal grilles, creating light and shadow throughout the day and glowing at night when backlit.
333 SCHERMERHORN STREET, BOREUM HILL
This 55 story skyscraper from Dattner Architects and GHWA Architects, currently awaiting LEED certification, is comprised of 600 market rate rental units and 150 affordable units, along with ground floor retail and 40,000 square feet of amenity space. Exterior design features include a double-height Corten steel wall panel which folds into a canopy, marking the entryway. The site presented a design challenge; built over subway tunnels, it required piles and caissons to be driven 130 feet into bedrock. This innovative footing allowed the tower, at 610 feet, to become the tallest building in the borough. The tower is set back from the street, though its base maintains a consistent street front, while a three-story retail wing combines a bold form with a third floor setback and a unique floating roof.
RESIDENTIAL: SINGLE FAMILY
702 MONROE STREET, BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
The brainchild of Waverly Avenue-based noroof architects, this three-bedroom single family residence is a renovation of an 1879 wood frame row house one that treasures the character of the original structure and enhances its inherent traits, including 20-foot width, high ceilings, and a south-facing garden. The formal foyer and front room are visually linked to the more informal dining and lounge spaces towards the rear yard, seen through a walnut-clad kitchen. The front facade was renovated to preserve one of the neighborhood’s fast disappearing wood frame row houses.
325 KENT AVENUE, WILLIAMSBURG
From the restless minds at SHOP Architects (architect of record is Ismael Leyva Architects), this is a visually striking, mixed-use building with 522 market-rate and 104 affordable residential rental units, anchored by ground floor retail and a restaurant. The lower floors feature copper cladding, while zinc highlights the upper floors perforated and patterned to create an interesting streetscape and luminous interior spaces.