The Landmark Preservation Commission has approved a new design for the Domino Sugar Factory Refinery building, which is being redeveloped by Two Trees Management Company, and designed by Vishaan Chakrabarti’s Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, aka PAU. The commission made no changes to the proposal, and Two Trees’ Managing Director David Lombino said “Thank you to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for engaging in a productive and thoughtful review, and for supporting this exciting new approach to making the Refinery building the centerpiece of the Domino redevelopment.”
YIMBY last reported on the building a month ago, when the new design by PAU was revealed. Beyer Blinder Belle had previously been responsible for the building’s development.
PAU’s creation will result in a high-tech glass mass situated inside of the old refinery building. Open plan offices populate most of the floors, with enough room left between the brick wall and the massing for terraces made of steel grating to extend out to the arched windows.
The new proposal permeates the ideology of flexible usage and transparency in every way, and the public will be encouraged to make use of the property and associated green space.
Still, the renderings provided leave much to the imagination, like what it will be like inside the glass canopy rising above the brick structure’s parapet, and whether there may be any ornamentation hanging above the interior courtyard, which offers an opportunity for a rather dramatic piece of public art.
Construction on the Domino redevelopment is already moving along, and completion is expected by the early 2020’s.