Revealed: 436 Albee Square, ODA-Designed Downtown Brooklyn Tower

436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture

In June, YIMBY brought you news of a permit filing for a 28-story tower at 436 Albee Square in downtown Brooklyn, designed by increasingly prolific ODA Architecture. Now, we have obtained a rendering of the project, which is planned to sit on a mid-block site on Gold Street, across from the rising City Point project.

Boxy protrusions – Eran Chen’s favorite edgy design flourish, evident at 22-22 Jackson Avenue and recently revealed 134 Vanderbilt Avenue, among others – are absent from 436 Albee Square. The tower is instead marked by a glassy façade indented asymmetrically by balconies, giving it the look of a boxy, pixelated version of Jeanne Gang’s Aqua tower in Chicago.

The building is planned to have 150 apartments spread across nearly 120,000 square feet of residential space, for a modest average apartment size of 800 square feet, suggesting rentals.

436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture

436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture

The tower will also include three stories and 24,000 square feet of retail at its base – a substantial amount of space, but a drop in the bucket compared to the 700,000 square feet under construction at the City Point mega-development.

If built, ODA’s 436 Albee Square will become part of a growing skyscraper cluster in this corner of downtown Brooklyn, thickening a somewhat patchy skyline. When the building begins to rise, the twin-towered (so far) 19- and 30-story City Point project should be completed. And those two developments will be dwarfed by the massive 65-story JEMB-developed, SLCE-designed project planned for 420 Albee Square, right next door on Gold Street, not to mention the third phase of City Point.

436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture

436 Albee Square, rendering by ODA Architecture

Demolition permits for the two remaining three-story structures on the site were filed in September, and permits list the owner as Albee Square LLC, with Yoel Schwimer as the owner’s representative.

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