227 West Street’s Stepped and Cantilevering Towers Top Out in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

OMA's future pair of skyscrapers at Greenpoint Landing. Developed by Brookfield and Park Tower Group.

Construction has topped out on 227 West Street, a pair of 30- and 40-story residential towers in GreenpointBrooklyn. Designed by OMA with Beyer Blinder Belle as the architect of record and developed by Brookfield Property Partners and Park Tower Group, the towers are part of the 22-acre Greenpoint Landing development along the East River. James Corner Field Operations is the landscape architect, DeSimone Consulting Engineers is the structural engineer, Thornton Tomasetti is the façade consultant, and Highbury Concrete is responsible for building the superstructures.

Photos show the state of progress since our last update in late July 2020, when the first couple of floors had just begun to rise above street level. Now construction has topped out and façade installation is progressing on the pair of towers, which feature a dramatic cantilever and corresponding setbacks, creating a puzzle-piece effect. At its pinnacle, the taller structure cantilevers 48 feet out from its base.

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

Close-up shots show the identical pale-hued precast concrete panels beginning to surround the eight-foot-square windows.

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street. Photo by Michael Young

From afar, 227 West Street joins a large collection of nearby construction sites that line the Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Hunters Point waterfront. These sections of the East River riverfront have been undergoing one of the largest transformations of New York City outside of Manhattan that will add thousands of new homes, both at market rate and with a considerable amount as affordable hosing units. Other functions include retail space, commercial office space, communal facilities, grade schools, and waterfront esplanades on plots of land that were largely vacant and underdeveloped.

227 West Street (right) and the surrounding East River lineup of buildings being built. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street (center) and the surrounding East River lineup of buildings being built. Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street (right). Photo by Michael Young

227 West Street’s amenities include a swimming pool and a fitness center, both housed in the adjoining podium section. The property will also include 8,600 square feet of retail space. Thirty percent of the 745 rentals is planned to be “income-targeted” apartments marketed in accordance with the Affordable Housing New York program. Greenpoint Landing as a whole is planned to yield 5,500 residential units, with 1,400 designated for permanent affordable housing,

No completion date has been formally announced, though YIMBY predicts sometime early next year as a possible time frame.

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10 Comments on "227 West Street’s Stepped and Cantilevering Towers Top Out in Greenpoint, Brooklyn"

  1. I get the ‘puzzle piece’ look, but somehow it seems a bit off to me that the building cantilevers away from the water instead of over it.

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | April 28, 2021 at 9:15 am | Reply

    You only get what you take, so amazing progress in America: Thank you.

  3. David in Bushwick | April 28, 2021 at 9:29 am | Reply

    Yeah, I like the idea but the cantilever goes a little too far. It’s uncomfortable.

  4. Not bad for a rental! Brookfield does things well.

  5. Am I the only one who has noticed that NYC seems to be going through a period of “Dubai Architecture”, with each building trying to out do each other, in height, shape or design? Like I’ve said before, all that’s missing is a large island in the East River shaped like a “Nathan’s Hot Dog” or a “Bagel”!?

    As “interesting” as these puzzle pieces are, I’m concerned about the disproportionate weight of the cantilever, and the added “stress” on the structure. Am sure it was calculated, but I wouldn’t live in them.

  6. I quite like the concept of it. It looks pretty cool.

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