Streetview of 111 Hicks Street; © Google 2022
One of the world’s most famous architects has closed on a Brooklyn penthouse he’s eyed for years. Denmark-born architect Bjarke Ingels has purchased a penthouse in the St. George Tower in Brooklyn Heights for $2,163,525, as reported by the New York Post and confirmed by property records. The apartment, located on the 29th and 30th floors at 111 Hicks Street, has been on the market since 2010 when it was listed for $2,490,000.
The landmarked Art Deco building, designed by Emery Roth in the 1920s, originally served as an extension for the adjacent 19th-century Hotel St. George. The tower features a recently restored exterior with gargoyles, grotesques of eagles, and brickwork of birds. The building’s roof deck offers sweeping skyline and water views.
In 2019, Ingels, founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), submitted an application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a rooftop addition to the 29th and 30th floors of the St. George Tower, as 6sqft previously reported. Additional plans included constructing a fake water tower that would hold an elevator shaft, raising the roof deck, and adding a pool. “I have a massive self-interest because I hope to make it my home,” Ingels said when presenting his plans.
Ingels owns another penthouse in Brooklyn nearby. In 2015, he paid nearly $4 million for the top-floor unit at 205 Water Street. According to the Post, the apartment has been on and off the market for years and was last asking $3.89 million. The home includes a private access elevator that opens up into the home, which has wide-plank floors, concrete walls, open steel stairs, and 20-foot-high ceilings.
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Neighborhoods : Brooklyn Heights