220 North 10th Street
Tuesday 18 Jun 2013


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Located in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a rapidly developing and historically industrial hub on New York City's East River, the design of this new, 7-story residential building at 220 North 10th Street focused on two concepts reflecting the ever-expanding neighbourhood's historical roots: water and industrial manufacturing.

With these two driving concepts in mind, Durukan Design has created a space that translates the tranquil rippling effect of water into a relaxing oasis in the bustling city. What might normally have been an eyesore, the structural column in the center of the lobby has been transformed into a water droplet and is used as a feature element in this common area. This design motif was extended with ripples spreading across water via the installation of a concentric pattern in the lobby's polished concrete floor.

Durukan Design created an immense custom waterfall behind the reception desk for an added effect.  Bamboo garden, glass paneling and coloured LED lights help to create a very unique and organic space, while extensive use of reclaimed wood in the space creates references back to the original manufacturing lofts dotting Williamsburg's architectural past. This concept continues into the Recreation Room with custom bar style group table, custom water art wall covering, metal mesh screen and vintage furniture. This rustic, natural feel is also brought into the individual apartment units that include teak paneled kitchens, grey frosted glass cabinets and chiseled stone backsplash. Wood-like tile and natural stone adorn the typical bathrooms while glass mosaics and bronze glass vanities define the master bathrooms.

Dramatic references to the area's historical industrial lineage continue on building's exterior.  Extensive use of Cor-ten steel panels create three-dimensional frames of the street level façade windows and the use of Ipe wood planking and timbres line the structure's main entrance.  Both effects complete the exterior structure's homage to Williamsburg's rich industrial past.

This project was completed in January 2013.

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