Seven Possible Versions of Housing and Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park Revealed

11/23/2011 1:51 PM |

The condos and hotel will be at the right, where you see dirt and now-demolished buildings being torn down.
  • The condos and hotel will be at the right, where you see dirt and now-demolished buildings being torn down.

After much speculation and guesswork, preliminary designs by seven competing developers were revealed at a public presentation last night for the inescapable condos and luxury hotel that will be built behind Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The developers hoping to build on the coveted waterfront parkland are Extell, Starwood Capital Group, Toll Brothers, Two Trees, RAL Companies & Affiliates, SDS Procida and Dermot, and their architectural visions are all over the aesthetic map. Let’s have a laugh look…

The stacks of pancakes, designed by FXFowle for developer Dermot Company:

(Dermot Company; designed by FXFowle)
  • (Dermot Company; designed by FXFowle)

The generic glass and brick patchwork, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle for developer Extell:

(Extell; designed by Beyer Blinder Belle)
  • (Extell; designed by Beyer Blinder Belle)

The suburban office park, designed by Cangelosi Design & Architecture for developer Robert A. Levine:

(Robert A. Levine; designed by Cangelosi Design & Architecture)
  • (Robert A. Levine; designed by Cangelosi Design & Architecture)

The peeling glass-and-concrete sandwich, designed by Leeser Architects for developer SDS Procida:

(SDS Procida; designed by Leeser Architects)
  • (SDS Procida; designed by Leeser Architects)

The shimmering domestic lighthouse, designed by Bernheimer Architects, Alloy Development, nArchitects for developers Starwood Capital with Alloy, Hamlin and Monadnock:

(Starwood Capital with Alloy, Hamlin and Monadnock; designed by Bernheimer Architects, Alloy Development, nArchitects)
  • (Starwood Capital with Alloy, Hamlin and Monadnock; designed by Bernheimer Architects, Alloy Development, nArchitects)

The “it’s so generic I can’t find anything to make fun of,” designed by Rogers Marvel for developer Toll Brothers:

(Toll Brothers; designed by Rogers Marvel)
  • (Toll Brothers; designed by Rogers Marvel)

And last but not least, the moldy cheese grater, designed by WASA/Studio A Landscape for developer Two Trees:

(Two Trees, designed by WASA/Studio A Landscape)
  • (Two Trees, designed by WASA/Studio A Landscape)

No word on when a developer/architect team will be chosen, much less on when shovel will meet dirt, or when move-ins will begin. One thing’s for sure: whatever gets built will look nothing like any of these designs.

(Brownstoner, Observer, Curbed)

3 Comment

  • Whatever they pick should have all retail storefronting at street level to help activate the park. Jesus, that’s like Urban Planning 101. The Leeser one is particularly bad, with a psychotic blank wall for most of the frontage.

  • All of these designs are stuck in modernism. I don’t understand it–have all other aesthetics and disciplines in architecture gone extinct or something? Can someone who is more informed about these design styles give us a primer on what really distinguishes each one from the other?

  • Holy Toledo, what a mess. Quite a monument to ol’ Bloomie. Disgusting. And all the pols have gone along with it, too. Poor Brooklyn. Wasn’t this supposed to be a park?