Updated looks for COOKFOX’s Domino Sugar building, Williamsburg’s will-be tallest

Posted On Fri, October 19, 2018 By

Posted On Fri, October 19, 2018 By In Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Williamsburg

A previous rendering (left) and new rendering (right) of 1 South First via DBOX for Two Trees Management

Fully above ground, the second tower to rise at the massive Domino Sugar site has a pair of new renderings. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, 1 South First (previously 260 Kent Avenue) is a 42-story mixed-use tower on the Williamsburg waterfront development, which was formerly home to the sugar manufacturing facility. When 1 South First opens next fall, it will join already opened 325 Kent Avenue and Domino Park, all developed by Two Trees Management.

At 435 feet tall, the tower, which has two interlocking buildings, will become the tallest in Williamsburg. Inspired by the molecular pattern and forms of sugar crystals, the facade consists of all-white precast concrete. The exterior is designed to self-shade and responds to its own solar orientation, which optimizes shade throughout the year.

Inside, 1 South First will have 330 rental apartments, with 66 of them below market rate. Plus there will be 150,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of retail, including famed Bushwick pizza joint, Roberta’s.

Domino Park, Two Trees
Photo of Domino Park by Daniel Levin

The development’s public recreational space, Domino Park, officially opened in June. Measuring a quarter-mile long, the public park features adaptively reused syrup tanks, original cranes, and warehouse columns as a way to celebrate the iconic site’s history.


Rendering of completed Domino redevelopment shows 1 South First on far left  via Two Trees

Leasing began last year at 325 Kent, the 16-story copper-and-zinc clad rental with a donut shape, with studios starting at $2,562/month, one-bedrooms at $3,411/month, and two-bedrooms from $4,746/month. The building is now fully leased.

The landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery is currently being converted into a 380,000-square-foot campus. Upon completion of the site, the development will contain 2,800 units across four buildings, with 700 of them affordable.

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Renderings via DBOX for Two Trees Management

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