Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group today unveiled two new towers at Greenpoint Landing designed by OMA / Jason Long. The two towers, in conjunction with a lower seven-story building, will bring 745 units of housing—30% of which will be affordable—and more than an acre of new public open space to the neighborhood.
This project is OMA New York’s first ground-up building in the borough of Brooklyn and will be a catalyst in the transformation of the waterfront from a post-industrial edge to an accessible and dynamic part of the neighborhood.By extending Eagle Street and Dupont Street, the towers will expand the existing public waterfront esplanade,creating a total of 2.5-acres of continuous public open space along the shoreline, and will add 8,600 sf ofground-floor retail to the neighborhood.OMA Partner Jason Long said, “Brookfield and Park Tower Group have been working together to connectGreenpoint with its waterfront, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them on our first project in Brooklyn.We have designed two towers—a ziggurat and its inverse—carefully calibrated to one another.
Defined by the space between them, they frame a new view of Greenpoint and new vista from the neighborhood toManhattan.”Like two dancers, the towers simultaneously lean into and away from one another. The taller tower widenstoward the east as it rises, maximizing views and creating a dramatic face to the neighborhood and beyond.Its partner steps back from the waterfront to create a series of large terraces, widening toward the ground andthe new waterfront park to the North.The towers are framed by two lower volumes on the opposite corners of the site, creating a continuous edgearound the block.
Along this edge, subtle folds and shifts mark entries and define a smaller grain reminiscentof the often-variegated street edge conditions within Greenpoint.The towers’ facades feature precast concrete panels surrounding large windows. Like the buildings’ forms, the precast panels are carved by a series of angled planes. Oriented differently for each block—vertical,horizontal or diagonal—the carved faces react dynamically to the movement of the sun throughout the day.“Park Tower Group and Brookfield are bringing dynamic, cutting-edge architecture to the Brooklyn waterfrontwhile delivering significant benefits for the Greenpoint community.
The addition of much-needed housing andcreation of new, accessible open space are transforming this underutilized stretch of waterfront into a newthriving, livable and sustainable addition to Greenpoint,” said Ric Clark, Senior Managing Partner andChairman, Brookfield Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners.“These new developments with Brookfield will expand our beautiful waterfront esplanade, providing evenmore public open space for Greenpoint locals and visitors to enjoy, along with architecture that will define the Brooklyn skyline.
With world-class landscape design by James Corner Field Operations, we are beginning torealize our transformative vision for a stretch of uninterrupted access to the Greenpoint shoreline,” saidMarian Klein, President of Park Tower Group.The new towers were designed by Jason Long (OMA) with project architects Yusef Ali Dennis and ChristineYoon, in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle (Executive Architect), Marmol Radziner (InteriorDesign/Building Landscape) and James Corner Field Operations (Waterfront Landscape).
Construction isexpected to begin this summer.Project: Two residential towers and lower podium with ground floor retailClient: Brookfield Properties, Park Tower GroupStatus: Competition February 2017; Construction Start August 2019Site: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, USASite Area: 122,929 SFTotal Area: 850,844 SFProgram: 768,057 SF Residential; 25,888 SF, 8,616 SF Retail; 48,283 SF ParkingUnits: 745 Units Total; D1 335 Units; D2 302 Units; D3 108 Units; 30% (224) Affordable, 70%(521) Market RateDistribution: Studio (0BR) 25% (183); 1 BR 46% (342); 2BR 26% (196); 3BR 3% (24)Height: North Tower (D2) 300’; South Tower (D1) 400’Credits:Lead Design Architect: OMAPartner-in-Charge: Jason LongProject Architects: Yusef Ali Dennis, Christine YoonTeam: Remy Bertin, Jingyi Bi, Sam Biroscak, Titouan Chapouly, Ken Chongsuwat, Marie-Claude Fares, Yashar Ghasemkhani, Anders Grinde, Wesley LeForce, Nathan Petty, Andres Rabano, Laylee Salek, Alan Song, Wo Hong Wu, Soojung Yoo, Steven Young, Juan Pablo ZepedaExecutive Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLPWaterfront Landscape Architect: James Corner Field OperationsInterior and Landscape Architect: Marmol RadzinerStructure: DeSimone Consulting EngineersMEP and LEED: Cosentini AssociatesFaçade: Thornton TomasettiLighting: Focus LightingAcoustics: Cerami AssociatesCivil: Langan EngineeringWayfinding and Signage: MTWTFMarine Engineering: McLaren Engineering Group.