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 of ground-floor retail to the neighborhood.
OMA Partner Jason Long said, “Brookfield and Park Tower Group have been working together to connect Greenpoint 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 to Manhattan.”
Like two dancers, the towers simultaneously lean into and away from one another. The taller tower widens toward 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 and the new waterfront park to the North.
The towers are framed by two lower volumes on the opposite corners of the site, creating a continuous edge around the block. Along this edge, subtle folds and shifts mark entries and define a smaller grain reminiscent of 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 waterfront while delivering significant benefits for the Greenpoint community. The addition of much-needed housing and creation of new, accessible open space are transforming this underutilized stretch of waterfront into a new thriving, livable and sustainable addition to Greenpoint,” said Ric Clark, Senior Managing Partner and Chairman, Brookfield Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners.
“These new developments with Brookfield will expand our beautiful waterfront esplanade, providing even more 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 to realize our transformative vision for a stretch of uninterrupted access to the Greenpoint shoreline,” said Marian Klein, President of Park Tower Group.
The new towers were designed by Jason Long (OMA) with project architects Yusef Ali Dennis and Christine Yoon, in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle (Executive Architect), Marmol Radziner (Interior Design/Building Landscape) and James Corner Field Operations (Waterfront Landscape). Construction is expected to begin this summer.
Project: Two residential towers and lower podium with ground floor retail Client: Brookfield Properties, Park Tower Group Status: Competition February 2017; Construction Start August 2019 Site: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, USA Site Area: 122,929 SF Total Area: 850,844 SF Program: 768,057 SF Residential; 25,888 SF, 8,616 SF Retail; 48,283 SF Parking Units: 745 Units Total; D1 335 Units; D2 302 Units; D3 108 Units; 30% (224) Affordable, 70% (521) Market Rate Distribution: 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: OMA Partner-in-Charge: Jason Long Project Architects: Yusef Ali Dennis, Christine Yoon
Team: 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 Zepeda Executive Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP Waterfront Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations Interior and Landscape Architect: Marmol Radziner Structure: DeSimone Consulting Engineers MEP and LEED: Cosentini Associates Façade: Thornton Tomasetti Lighting: Focus Lighting Acoustics: Cerami Associates Civil: Langan Engineering Wayfinding and Signage: MTWTF Marine Engineering: McLaren Engineering Group