Brooklyn Point, aka 138 Willoughby Street, is climbing towards its 720-foot pinnacle over Downtown Brooklyn. The skyscraper has already made headlines with its imminently-highest outdoor infinity pool in New York City. Now, the facade has begun to climb across the lower floors, as the superstructure has reached the halfway point in its rise. Extell is the developer while Kohn Pedersen Fox is the designer, and SLCE Architects is the architect of record. Interiors are being designed by Katherine Newman while the landscaping is carried out by MNLA.
Inside, there will be 686,800 square feet of residential space divided among 458 units.
The building has a trapezoidal footprint that rises from a four-story podium bound by Flatbush Avenue, Willoughby Street and Albee Square. With a uniform massing and a staggered facade of large windows, the top of the tower will be capped with a sloped roof, making for a distinctive silhouette shape.
40,000 square feet of amenities will include 24/7 concierge service, bicycle storage, refrigerated storage and package room, a screening room, a wine cellar, a game room and children’s playroom, a putting green, barbecue grills with fire pits, a pilates and cycling studio, a cardio and weight training room, a yoga studio, a rock climbing room, a spa, and of course, the 65-foot-long saltwater infinity pool on the rooftop sun deck, with views looking north up Flatbush Avenue towards the Midtown skyline and the East River. A private dining room will also be located on the upper floors of the building.
The site also comes with the benefit of being situated next to the future site of Willoughby Square Park. It is part of the upcoming One Willoughby Square office building, directly to the west across the street. When topped-off and completed, Brooklyn Point will temporarily hold the title of tallest building in Brooklyn, until 9 Dekalb Avenue rises and surpasses the roof height in the next couple of years. Fortunately, the 1,066-foot tower won’t block views for residents looking towards Manhattan or swimming on the rooftop.
Brooklyn Point will likely top-out by mid 2019, and be completely finished sometime in 2020.