365 Bond Street sits on the Gowanus Canal at the edge of historic Carroll Gardens. The project is the first major development in Gowanus, an edgy industrial neighborhood that is quickly becoming a destination. 365 Bond is the first of a pair of buildings with 363 Bond, presently in construction across First Street. Designed as a complimentary pair, each building stands alone but shares a commonality of form and materials. The facades relate and both buildings look and acts like a series of buildings working in tandem to create a well-balanced neighborhood. The buildings both front a richly landscaped public esplanade designed by Brooklyn landscape architect Lee Weintraub and are adjacent to the historic Carroll Street Bridge.
At 365 Bond, weathered brick, raw concrete and large expanses of mullioned glass make reference to the area’s industrial past. Although the building occupies an entire block its variety of scale and height make it feel like a neighborhood rather than a building.
The units are anything but identical in this building, with over 66 unique layouts. There are duplex townhouse units with entries off the street that are surrounded by front gardens much like other townhouses in the neighborhood. Many units have private roof terraces and those that don’t can enjoy one of many outdoor amenities or a view into the serene inner courtyard from the floor to ceiling industrial windows. Amenities include a living lobby and community center, several lounges, a fitness center, valet parking, roof decks and community spaces for kayak storage and a boat launch.
The neighborhood surrounding the 1.8 mile Gowanus Canal is in the midst of a renaissance. “The project challenged us to find a sweet spot between edgy industrial and Brooklyn brownstone. We managed that by weaving some common materials through a varied landscape of height and scale,” states David West.