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Brooklyn boasts new waterfront landmarks

Jez Abbott
23 Jan 2019

Two new residential developments along a Brooklyn waterfront echo the site's industrial heritage.

Hill West Architects was the creative powerhouse behind 363 Bond Street and complementary 365 apartment block forming a sleek geometric landmark for Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood.

Designers took design cues from the surrounding neighborhood and its industrial past through touches like weathered brick, raw concrete, compact low-density buildings – which stand at just 12 stories - and large expanses of mullioned glass.

While the buildings perfectly balance each other, they each have their own design identities which I’ve outlined below: 363 Bond Street features greyish brick to differentiate itself from the typical red brick buildings found in the neighborhood.

The building mass is broken into elements that allow it to more closely fit with the townhouse scale of neighboring Carroll Gardens. One portion of the building acts as townhouses with direct entry from the street, front stoops and planters. The tower portion has a glass corner for open views over the water and the surrounding neighborhood.

The amenity package includes a pool on the roof with a view of the Freedom Tower, a shuffleboard court, lounge, game room, yoga studio, fitness center, kids’ room, a 2nd floor courtyard and plenty of accessible outdoor terraces.

Number 365 Bond, meanwhile has variety of scale and height, making it feel like a neighborhood rather than a building. More tha 66 unique unit layouts, including duplex townhouse units with entries off the street are surrounded by front gardens much like other townhouses in the neighborhood. Many units have private roof terraces. Amenities include a living lobby and community center, several lounges, a fitness center, valet parking, roof decks and community spaces for kayak storage and a boat launch.

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