Exterior work is continuing to progress on One Willoughby Square, a 36-story, 495-foot-tall office skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn. Alternately addressed as 420 Albee Square, the project is designed by FXCollaborative and is being developed by JEMB Realty, and will yield 500,000 square feet of Class A office space. One Willoughby Square is set to open as the tallest new office building in Brooklyn and is bound by Albee Square West to the east, Willoughby Street to the north, and Duffield Street to the west. Gilbane Building Company is in charge of construction on the project.
Recent photos show that the exterior on the eastern elevation facing Albee Square West has been substantially completed. The same can also be said of the northern profile, which is seeing a steadily climbing assembly of closely spaced metal strips attached to the blank concrete walls, which are painted black. This dense array will support a light blue grid of metal panels of varying shades, as depicted in the main rendering. This opaque outside surface is also going to repeat its subtle motif on the southern side, which is seeing the most progress on this secondary layer of the overall design. Meanwhile, perimeter columns are in the process of being installed between the glossy blue bricks and industrial-style ribbon windows. Most of these panels remain covered in their protective plastic film.
When finished, FXCollaborative is planning to occupy floors seven, eight, and nine. The uppermost levels of the office complex will feature 18-foot-high ceilings and a private outdoor loggia with expansive views over Downtown Brooklyn, the Manhattan skyline, the New York Harbor, and further across the city.
YIMBY predicts that One Willoughby Square could likely be completed in the latter half of 2021.