A former 1950s Brillo steel wool factory is getting a new lease on life as stunning luxury condominiums in DUMBO. Located on one of the most beautiful cobblestone streets in Brooklyn, 200 Water Street will offer tenants 15 over-sized, gallery-style apartments as well as an outdoor garden—a rarity in New York City. Keep reading to see how Gil Even-Tsur’s Architecture Workshop and Ariel Aufgang of Aufgang Architects are breathing new life into this historic mid-century factory.
Located just a couple of blocks from the waterfront, Megalith Capital Management and Urban Realty Partners’ boutique residential building is the last post-industrial building to be developed on this particular cobblestone block. While the luxury condos will sport a contemporary look, the spirit and spacious feel of the industrial building will be kept intact. Since the fall of 2013, Ariel Aufgang and Gil Even-Tsur have collaborated on the transformation, with Aufgang focusing on the building’s exterior and Even-Tsur remaking the interior design.
Aufgang retained the factory’s original brick facade, however, and cut off 30 feet from the rear of the building—with approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission—to stack two additional stories to the original four-story footprint. The loading dock, high ceilings, and large windows were retained to keep the interior’s spacious feel and access to daylight. Even-Tsur took advantage of the high ceilings, designing doorways and closets that go up to nine feet in height, and exposing the 14-foot-tall ceilings and columns in parts of the apartments. “I was working with the structure and bones of the building, the rhythm of the building, the sublime space of the building, the bones and ribs, preserving the history and integrity of the building,” said Even-Tsur.
The clean and modern interior references the building’s historical past through the materials palette. Brick, concrete, and steel are used throughout the apartment, but the floors are lined with seven-inch Siberian white oak planks to add a touch of warmth to the residences. The newly added top two floors are constructed of glass and aluminum. Residents will also have access to an outdoor garden and terraces that overlook views of the waterfront. The 200 Water St project is slated for completion later this year.
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