New renderings have been released for River Ring, Bjarke Ingels Group‘s proposed two-skyscraper development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Developed by Two Trees Management, the organization behind Domino Park, the undertaking is planned to yield 1,050 homes with 263 affordable housing units as well as a six-acre circular waterfront park designed by James Corner Field Operations. The towers would rise from two vacant rectangular parcels that were once home to a Con Edison electric plant bound by North First Street, North Third Street, and River Street. River Ring is expected to generate about 2,000 construction jobs and more than 500 well-paying permanent jobs upon completion.
The base of each superstructure features curved floor plates that follow the shape of the waterfront and beach, then gradually slope upward to form a conventional stack of rectangular floors before topping out with flat roof parapets at 710 feet and 560 feet respectively.
The waterfront park is divided into three acres of public open space and three acres of protected in-river access. The project includes the creation of two new beaches within the altered waterfront and protected by curved breakwaters along the East River. These structural components are key to protecting the complex, and over 500 inland properties, from future storm surges and to reduce flooding and minimize the impact of water among the master plan. The design program also includes a new custom-designed YMCA with youth swimming programs for the local community.
The overall development would dramatically scale up the waterfront skyline of skyscrapers lining the East River from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, reinstate natural habitats and introduce nature trails with overlooks and picnic areas, apply green technology to independently service the project without the use of the city’s sewer, stormwater, and electrical grid, dedicate space for local retailers to do business, and finally open this portion of the waterfront to the public.
River Ring is estimated to be completed around 2030 and must go through a seven-month Uniform Land Use Review Procedure before the end of 2021.