Construction Update: 286 Ashland Place

286 Ashland Place286 Ashland Place -- photo by Colin Miller

Excavation has begun for the BAM South tower in Fort Greene, next to Downtown Brooklyn, and on-site machinery is slowly descending below street level; the site’s developer is Two Trees, and the design architect is Enqrique Norten, of TEN Arquitectos. Ismael Leyva is the architect of record, and the project’s address is 286 Ashland Place.

286 Ashland Place

286 Ashland Place — photo by Colin Miller

BAM South will stand 32 stories tall, and the building will have 384 residences, 20% of which will be designated as ‘affordable’. The tower will also have a 21,928 square foot retail component, and 45,148 square feet of cultural space, which will include a library, cinemas, and a dance studio — keeping the scheme in character with other BAM developments in the neighborhood.

The BAM-led renaissance of the vicinity is kicking into high gear, and the plans for 286 Ashland Place will further push the revitalization of Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Integrating so many amenities lends BAM developments significantly more vibrancy than traditional new towers, as the cultural elements add vitality that retail alone is unable to create.

286 Ashland Place

286 Ashland Place — photo by Colin Miller

The design for 286 Ashland Place is also stellar, and Ten Arquitectos’ plan for the site offers an atypical — and beneficial — take on the tower/podium dynamic. Instead of isolating the space above the base from pedestrian traffic, a plaza will surround the tower’s intersection with the street, then gradually rise upwards above the retail component, turning the roof of the ‘podium’ into an active urban space.

286 Ashland Place

286 Ashland Place — photo by Colin Miller

Completion of 286 Ashland Place is expected in August of 2016.

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