As construction continues on one of the city’s largest waterfront developments, YIMBY took a tour of 325 Kent Avenue, ahead of Domino Park’s opening on June 10th. Once it opens, the park is expected to be the largest public space in the Five Boroughs to debut in 2018. The landscaped area extends over six acres, one acre more than the Hudson Yards plaza opening this Fall.
As for the arched 16-story structure overlooking the park, it is the first of four residential buildings in the Domino redevelopment project. Once complete, the towers will redefine the Williamsburg skyline. Two Trees is responsible for the development.
The 170-foot tall structure yields 383,000 square feet of residential space, as well as 9,400 square feet of retail space. In spite of the low profile, the building has a huge payload. 522 apartments have been created, of which 105 are rented at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. As of now, the building is working towards leasing 75% of the space.
SHoP Architects is responsible for the design, which entails a tradition-breaking format that broadcasts a very different way of planning city block-sized apartment buildings.
The dramatic cutout center maximizes exposure to light and air for tenants while creating a central courtyard with a shared terrace and several private backyards. Grated metallic panels cleverly hide the building’s PTACs, resulting in a cohesive and uninterrupted façade.
The building is crowned by a shared amenities space including a library, lounge, fitness center, an outdoor terrace with grill, as well as views of the river and Manhattan.
325 Kent Avenue’s many setbacks on its eastern slope make space for dozens of terraces looking towards Brooklyn. On the walls facing inward, several small balconies have been discretely incorporated. The terrace depicted below totals 595 square feet, and is connected to a 973 square foot two-bedroom unit.
Interior decoration is minimalist, with hardwood floors and plain white walls.
Nearby, foundation work at 260 Kent Avenue is nearing completion, with much of the site already at ground level. The 42-story tower is being designed by COOKFOX, and will bring 330 apartments to the neighborhood.