Bjarke Ingels to design production studio and waterfront park in Red Hook

February 6, 2023

All renderings courtesy of Samson Stages

Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is designing another film studio in New York City. Production company Samson Stages announced plans for a new 330,000-square-foot production facility on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Designed by BIG, the firm also behind Robert De Niro’s under-construction Wildflower Studios in Astoria, the Samson Stages Red Hook Studio will include a building with eight stacked stages and a public park.

The $400 million project is an expansion of Samson Stages’ current facilities on Hicks Street in Red Hook. The proposed new movie studio will be built at 744 Clinton Street, now home to Sunshine Lighting.

According to a press release, the project is envisioned as a “dynamic vertical village,” with the structure created by stacking the eight stages. There will be green terraces, parking, and a cafe.

“This project is truly transformational, and I am excited to highlight the renderings and begin construction on the brand new soundstages and studios,” Sam Geiger, co-founder and CEO of Samson Stages, said. “The new addition to Samson Stages will create jobs, will give the neighborhood a new waterfront park, and will continue to make New York the center of TV and film production.”

Renderings show a new waterfront park, with a big lawn, a baseball field, and a kayak launch. The press release describes the green space as “an intimate, unique space for the building’s users as well as the public.”

As The Real Deal reported, the project can be developed on the site as of right with no zoning changes required. An expected date completion for the project has not been announced yet.

In Astoria, construction is underway for the $600 million movie studio backed by actor Robert De Niro. Also designed by BIG, Wildflower Studios is a roughly 775,000-square-foot facility on a five-acre lot next to the Steinway Pianos manufacturing warehouse.

The seven-story building also features a “vertical village” design,  with a “mix of interconnected spaces,” including 11 sound stages, production-support areas, office space, and amenity spaces like a fitness center, cafes, and lounges, as 6sqft previously reported. Wildflower Studios is expected to open this year.

In Sunset Park, Steiner Studios is building a new production facility at Bush Terminal, in addition to its Brooklyn Navy Yard facility. The project includes eight new soundstages, a new parking facility, and the gut renovation of two historic buildings.


All renderings courtesy of Samson Stages

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