rafael vinoly architects: the new domino
 
rafael vinoly architects: the new domino
jan 12, 2010

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

the new domino by rafael vinoly architects

rafael vinoly architects were commissioned to design a 2.8 million square foot residential complex on the site of the former domino sugar refinery and processing facilities, just north of the williamsburg bridge that separated brooklyn’s williamsburg neighboorhood from the east river.

the firm’s design transforms the industrial complex into a mixed use residential development that emphasizes open space and public access to the river, while simultaneously respecting the industrial history of the brooklyn waterfront and of this site in particular.

a nearly one acre open lawn, sited between the refinery and the river, anchors a new public waterfront esplanade, connected at its north end to grand ferry park and linking the development with the preexisting publics spaces in the community. for the first time in over 150 years, the site will provide williamsburg residents with access to open riverfront space and wide views of manhattan, the williamsburg bridge and beyond the new york harbor.

construction is expected to be complete in 2015.

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

rafael vinoly architects: the new domino

  • Looks rather ordinary architecture to me. The brick and glass play looks odd. Not an interesting addition to the site. A missed opportunity to do something more innovative, interesting, fitting.

    Nuovodesign
  • Another high-rise mixed use development scheme, not sensible to the history of the site…it is so genetic, you can’t even recognize the site is in Brooklyn. What a shame! Vinoly could’ve done better or was he just defeated by money and power of the developer (client)?
    It is also a shame that there is not a single developer in New York who is intelligent and sensible enough to preserve the site and not building high rises for fast cash.
    They are basically building walls on edges of brooklyn to block what?
    I’m sorry to Vinoly fans, but this one is not getting my vote.

    SHOPinc
  • We have developments that look so similar to this in Sydney Australia, but done 15-20 years ago! This solution is hackneyed and mediocre at best! What a wasted opportunity!

    Antix
  • This architect is one of the best in Argentina and the world.Congratulation

    Marta Urrutia.Architect
  • is it the best idea he´s got?

    p filmus
  • yuck! totally grody. and the tower with the blue glass sugar cube is gone and it is the best part (http://mas.org/images/media/original/Domino.jpg)

    jp
  • How depressing that the high-rises totally disrespect the scale of the original factory. It looks dwarfed and insignificant, when it should be the hero of the development

    AMD
  • Nonsense!!! This is what I call “dead architecture”!

    TEH
  • My biggest problem with the buildings is that they are blocking the view of the city for everyone behind them.

    jsd
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