Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group unveil two tower designs

8 March 2019 (Last Updated March 8th, 2019 11:34)

Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group have unveiled two new towers at Greenpoint Landing development in Brooklyn, a borough in New York, US.

Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group have unveiled two new towers at Greenpoint Landing development in Brooklyn, a borough in New York, US.

Designed by OMA, the towers and a lower seven-storey building will bring 745 units of housing and more than an acre of new public open space to the neighbourhood.

Out of the 745 units, 30% of them will be affordable.

This is OMA New York’s first ground-up building in the borough.

By extending Eagle Street and Dupont Street, this project will expand the current public waterfront walkway, creating a total of 2.5 acres of continuous public open space along the shoreline.

Leaning into and simultaneously away from one another, the two towers will also add 8,600ft² of ground-floor retail.

OMA partner Jason Long said: “Brookfield and Park Tower Group have been working together to connect Greenpoint with its waterfront, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them on our first project in Brooklyn.

“Defined by the space between them, they frame a new view of Greenpoint and new vista from the neighbourhood to Manhattan.”

“We have designed two towers – a ziggurat and its inverse – carefully calibrated to one another. Defined by the space between them, they frame a new view of Greenpoint and new vista from the neighbourhood to Manhattan.”

The taller of the two towers widens toward the east as it rises, thereby providing optimal views. The other tower is away from the waterfront to create a large terrace.

The facades of the towers feature precast concrete panels, which are carved by a series of angled planes, surrounding large windows.

The carved faces react dynamically to the movement of the sun.

Brookfield Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners senior managing partner and chairman Ric Clark said: “Park Tower Group and Brookfield are bringing dynamic, cutting-edge architecture to the Brooklyn waterfront while delivering significant benefits for the Greenpoint community.

“The addition of much-needed housing and creation of new, accessible open space are transforming this underutilised stretch of waterfront into a new thriving, livable and sustainable addition to Greenpoint.

Park Tower Group president Marian Klein said: “These new developments with Brookfield will expand our beautiful waterfront esplanade, providing even more public open space for Greenpoint locals and visitors to enjoy, along with architecture that will define the Brooklyn skyline.

“With world-class landscape design by James Corner Field Operations, we are beginning to realise our transformative vision for a stretch of uninterrupted access to the Greenpoint shoreline.”

Construction of the projects is expected to begin later this year.

The new towers were designed by Jason Long, along with project architects Yusef Ali Dennis and Christine Yoon, in collaboration with executive architect Beyer Blinder Belle, interior design/building landscape architect Marmol Radziner and waterfront landscape architect James Corner Field Operations.