Work begins on Norman Foster’s Red Hook office project, will be the continent’s largest timber structure

Posted On Wed, October 19, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, October 19, 2016 By In Architecture, Construction Update, New Developments, Red Hook, Starchitecture

After revealing plans in June for Norman Foster‘s first commission in Brooklyn, Thor Equities now announces that work has commenced on Red Hoek Point, the 7.7-acre waterfront office campus. The press release also brings news that the project’s two buildings, totaling 818,000 square feet, will become “the largest new heavy timber structure in North America.”

280 Richards Street, Red Hook

Thor bought the vacant Red Hook site, the former home of the Revere Sugar Factory, for $40 million in 2015. It juts 700 feet into the Erie Basin, between the IKEA parking lot and the Fairway. SCAPE/Landscape Architecture is designing a new waterfront esplanade that will be adjacent to the Brooklyn Greenway.

Red Hoek Point, Norman Foster, Red Hook waterfront, Red Hook development, Thor Equities

Thor Red Hook development, Norman Foster, Red Hook waterfront, 280 Richards Street

The buildings will offer 795,000 square feet of creative office space spread across three levels and geared towards TAMI tenants (technology, advertising, media and information), as well as 23,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground level. Other design elements include 125,000-square-foot floor plates, undulating penthouses, a central open courtyard, 1.8-acre green roofs on each building, walking trails, underground parking, a bike valet, and a kayak launch. Leasing is currently underway at Red Hoek Point.

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Renderings courtesy of Thor Equities

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