New York City has big plans to introduce Brooklyn Bridge Park as a new center for affordable housing with high-rises mirroring the Manhattan skyline across the river. While there’s still a heated debate on whether residential buildings should even replace parts of the park in the first place, the city has released 14 new concepts for two affordable towers designed by famous architects like the Bjarke Ingels Group, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, and FXFOWLE. Read on to see them all!
All the designs propose building two towers near Pier 6, which lies west of where Atlantic Avenue meets the BQE. The first high-rise would be situated at One Brooklyn Bridge Park and the city has permitted designers to draw up a 31-story tower with 290 apartments. The second, shorter 15-story structure would be located farther away from the water and include 140 residential units.
From the designs, we can see a few of boring midtown towers in the mix, but many add a flourish of foliage to connect the buildings with the park. Many of the designs also propose adding amenities like public restrooms, a swimming pool, a new pre-kindergarten center, and even bike a repair shop to the mix – all amenities that sound like they would fit in nicely with Brooklyn Bridge Park’s burgeoning recreational space, which recently added a roller rink and bocce ball courts.
But whether or not these designs will ever become a reality is still up in the air. In July, residents of the area banded together to file a lawsuit in an attempt to block the development and call for extra analysis of its impact on the environment. The measure also sought to stop park officials from calling for and reviewing proposals by developers. However, thanks to an intervening judge’s order, the planning stage with architects is still moving forward. Assuming the lawsuit is settled, the city will decide on a winning architect and groundbreaking will commence in 2015.
via Curbed NY
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