At 10 Jay Street, an ideal location flanked by the Manhattan Bridge and flush with waterfront views, the waterfront offers a new kind of visibility inward and out.
10 Jay Street honors the relationship between neighborhood and waterfront, heritage and innovation. A delicate balance of glass, steel, brick, and spandrels give the building gravitas without compromising its industrial heritage.
Originally the Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery was conformed of two buildings with a shared, piecemeal interior façade that held no landmark heritage. A demolition during the 1950s left three of the original facades and the interior party wall exposed to the East River shore.
The team dug into the site’s history, drawing a series of skins that evoked both the sugar crystals and the detached complex crack. The design made this nuisance part of the narrative: a broken geode smooth on the outside and crystalline within.
It would also, with its reflections, speak to the park and the river, the sunset, the Manhattan Bridge rising beside it, the riverfront on the other side, the sugar that Brooklynites used to make on the site.
As the conversation surrounding heritage and preservation grows, 10 Jay Street bucks conservative trends to challenge the way we view history. The facade and interior also earned 15 permits from New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, which can hold jewel-box designs to intense scrutiny.
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