Bjarke Ingels is tapped for his first residential project in Brooklyn

Posted On Fri, September 28, 2018 By

Posted On Fri, September 28, 2018 By In Design, Gowanus

Courtesy of LIVWRK; Photo of Ingels via Wikimedia

Bjarke Ingels‘ architectural dominance of New York City is growing — the Danish starchitect has got his first commission in Brooklyn, reports Crain’s. Developer Aby Rosen tapped Ingels’ firm Bjarke Ingels Group to draft plans for a large new apartment project on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The site in question — at 175-225 3rd Street, pictured in the aerial shot above — is currently a parking lot.

Aby Rosen’s real estate firm RFR Realty purchased the site earlier this year for $115 million. It can currently accommodate about 140,000 square feet of commercial development. But it is part of an upcoming rezoning slated for Gowanus, likely to allow for a higher-density residential project to be built on the property. (A preliminary vision released by the city predicted “moderate” density for this site, a building with around 10 stories.)

This will be Ingels’ first big residential projects for the borough, as the firm gets increasingly busy throughout the city. Some of BIG’s highest-profile current work includes the Spiral, a huge new office tower planned for Hudson Yards, and two twisting towers holding condos and a hotel next to the High Line.

There are still many unknowns with this Gowanus project, and a rendering is yet to be released. Recently the developers eyeing the soon-to-be rezoned land around the canal have lobbied the city for higher density, which they say is necessary to offset extra waterfront costs like flood protections, decontaminating polluted soil and installing a public esplanade. So there’s a chance Ingels’ first Brooklyn apartment building will be larger than expected.

[Via Crain’s]

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