Bjarke Ingels is tapped for his first residential project in Brooklyn

September 28, 2018

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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