Historic Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment Sees Major Update, Williamsburg

Domino Plant Rendering, via PAUDomino Plant Rendering, via PAU

Two Trees’ plans for the Domino Factory redevelopment have seen several shifts over the years, but progress is already underway across several of the sites comprising the masterplan, which entails thousands of new units across a multitude of towers. Now, the full plans for the actual Domino Factory redevelopment are out, and they have seen substantial revisions as Vishaan Chakrabarti’s PAU, aka, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, has taken the helm for the project’s design.

The site has an address of 294-314 Kent Avenue, and sits at the center of the larger redevelopment. YIMBY recently covered the first building’s opening over at 325 Kent Avenue, which has 522 apartments, 105 of which are affordable.

PAU’s submission to the LPC will go before the Commission on Tuesday, so it may still see some changes.

Domino Interior

Domino Interior

The full package reveals the inspiration of the project is “round arch” American-style architecture, which is seen in both the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and Quonset Huts. In this instance, the envelope will be set within the existing brick structure, creating a building where there are actually what amount to two sets of exterior walls.

Space between the glassy redevelopment and the existing brick walls will also create massive interior courtyards in the center of the structure. The comparison with the previous chunkier plan, which was attractive in its own right, is still favorable, and the re-thinking of the office component in this iteration should yield an interesting contribution on the skyline, and legitimately Class-A space within the interior.

Pending approval of the plans by the LPC, completion of the project is tentatively expected by the early 2020s.

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