rafael vinoly architects: the new domino
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.

  • Love the Metropolis look. I’ve always wanted to live in a place like that.

    Rafael Torrens / OdA architecture says:
  • my father worked as head of research and development for the sugar company. He would have loved this inovation. I especially like the stacked “sugar cubes” at the top.

    diane fishbein says:
  • blech. it looks like a version of pelli’s generic financial district waterfront development in ny. will ruin the character of bklyn.

    katherine says:
  • no more highrises! these tall buildings continue to ruin the neighborhood / cozy feel of wburg

    keepitlow says:
  • they should take the domino sign off. I wouldn’t want to be reminded that this country no longer makes things.

    sam says:
  • I grew up In New York and the Domino Sugar sign is landmark. I am glad that the new design references its past.

    beth says:
  • This makes me want to cry into my sugarbowl. Generic and depressing. If they were going to destroy the character of Williamsburg, they could have at least hired someone young and experimental to do it in an interesting way.

    MNK says:
  • OMG I used to live 4 block from there and my grandfather was supervisor in the 80’s….

    RQ says:
  • it should be a musean instead….

    RQ says:
  • I live there. I hate it. Keep the sign. A reminder that things used to be less enormous and overplanned. Architecture is interesting. Idea of building metropolis right there is trash. The subways are overcrowded. No good school system. Infrastructure doesn’t support such a thing. Might in the future, by that time anyone who cares about the neighborhood will have been shoved out. Goodby grandma, hello I-Bankers.

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

    jsd says:
  • Nonsense!!! This is what I call “dead architecture”!

    TEH says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • is it the best idea he´s got?

    p filmus says:
  • This architect is one of the best in Argentina and the world.Congratulation

    Marta Urrutia.Architect says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:

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