Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group have officially broken ground on the most anticipated phase of the Greenpoint Landing mega-development on the shores of northern Brooklyn. Designed by Jason Long of OMA, the new component is comprised of two residential towers and a vast extension of an existing public esplanade. The western tower features a series of cantilevers that reach outward in step with setbacks on the eastern edifice, giving the development a look reminiscent of a game of Tetris.
Referred to as “Greenpoint Block D,” this new phase is located on Eagle Street between West Street and the East River waterfront. The project team has not revealed an official address for the new buildings at this point of construction.
“Together with Park Tower Group, we are revitalizing an underutilized and neglected waterfront into a thriving section of the neighborhood through much-needed housing and public green space along Greenpoint’s breathtaking shoreline,” said Maria Masi, senior vice president, Multifamily Development at Brookfield Property Partners. “We’re thrilled to break ground on our two new towers and bring new ground-floor retail and waterfront access to the community.”
Designed in collaboration with DeSimone Consulting Engineers, the uppermost section of the western tower cantilevers up to 40 feet out from its base and resembles a precariously stacked set of boxes. This structure will top out at 40 stories, while the shorter, more simply massed building will rise 30 stories. The towers are linked by a podium housing wellness amenities including a pool and a fitness center, as well as 8,600 square feet of retail space.
Once complete, the development will support 745 rentals designed by architects of record Beyer Blinder Belle. The residential component will include 20 percent “income-targeted” apartments marketed in accordance with the Affordable Housing New York program.
The towers’ façades will be comprised of pale-hued precast concrete panels with eight-foot-square window openings. Similar to the buildings’ forms, the precast panels are carved with angled patterns designed to playfully react to the movement of the sun throughout the day.
This phase will also add more than 40,000 square feet of new public green space to the existing waterfront esplanade, establishing a total of 2.5 acres of continuous public park land along the shoreline. James Corner Field Operations served as the waterfront landscape architect and has detailed multiple lawn areas, picnic space, outdoor seating, and possible maritime installations.
“This groundbreaking represents a major step forward toward realizing our vision for Greenpoint Landing,” said Marian Klein, president of Park Tower Group. “Between our new developments with Brookfield and extending our esplanade with world-class landscape design by James Corner Field Operations, Greenpoint Landing will provide the community with significant waterfront access and redefine the Brooklyn skyline.”