If you're scrambling to find the perfect waterfront spot to watch tomorrow night's July 4th Spectacular, perhaps you should think about leasing a new apartment at 60 Water Street in DUMBO. Two Trees recently unveiled the rooftop deck of its Ismael Leyva- and LEESER Architect-designed apartment building, and with its lofty perch overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River, it looks like the perfect fireworks viewing venue. If some of the elements of the 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden look familiar, that's because it was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm behind the High Line's world-famous design. Click below to see our pics of the brand new space's water feature, optical illusion pavilion, and of course the mind-numbingly gorgeous views. One can dream, right?
Like its big sib the High Line, 60 Water Street‘s roof deck features “prairie-like” foliage and plants native to the NYC area. The far end of the deck features an eye-tricking mirrored pavilion that reflects the sky and views for an even more dramatic effect.
Although they were temporarily removed to make room for the white furniture that was brought in for the reveal party, over-sized wooden lounge chairs will also be available for sunning and relaxing. The furniture and wood cladding are made of sustainably forested and highly durable Ipe wood.
The building itself, designed by Ismael Leyva and LEESER Architect, features many sustainable considerations and is shooting for LEED certification. “There’s a really advanced cogeneration system so that any of the thermal heat released from the electrification and the water boiler and all those systems in the basement is recaptured and used again so you don’t have any emittance of thermal heat, which is actually a huge cost savings and energy savings for us,” said Laura Mueller-Soppart, a brand and product manager at Two Trees. In addition to -low-flow faucets and showerheads and high-efficiency dishwashers and washing machines, the building also features a partial green roof to absorbs stormwater and help reflect heat away to regulate indoor temperatures.
The architects also took the community’s concerns about compromising the openness of the waterfront into consideration. “The idea was for the staggered glass fins on the facade to appear like a cloud,” LEESER Architect principal Thomas Leeser told us.
60 Water Street is currently leasing and about 20-percent of the 290 units have been set aside as affordable housing.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat