Starchitects on the Waterfront: Couture and Rashid Buy One Brooklyn Bridge Park Duplex

Asymptote Architecture has designed wild, wavy buildings all over the world, from Abu Dhabi to Busan to right here in the firm’s backyard of New York–not only the stark condos at 166 Perry Street but also a virtual trading floor for the New York Stock Exchange back in the 1990s.

Yet the couple who runs the 22-year-old firm, Lise-Anne Couture and Hani Rashid, have chosen a decidedly boxier place to live, buying a “townhome” at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive converted warehouse at the foot of Atlantic Avenue on the Brooklyn waterfront.

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All 23 units on the second floor of One Brooklyn Bridge Park are duplex residences like the one purchased by the architects. Their unit boasts two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and grand harbor views of their former borough. Yes, Couture and Rashid are yet the latest Manhattan expats. According to city records, the couple paid $2.375 million for the 2,496-square-foot condo, which includes a 98-square-foot terrace as well as 18-foot ceilings and an open layout.

Included in the purchase was Terrace 3, a private cabana located above the apartment that measures 223 square feet. It will be a great place to entertain, no doubt, but The Observer wonders if this added amenity was not as much about ensuring others will not be doing any entertaining while the architects try to sleep.

Couture and Rashid were both traveling and unavailable for comment. The unit they bought was the model apartment, and while it is certainly well-appointed, one assumes a gut-renovation by the progressive designers is on the horizon.

“I think it’s a testament to the building, if nothing else, that these very well-known architects fell in love with the space and wanted to live here,” Rachel Poggi, director of sales at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, told The Observer. “When architects buy in a building, it’s definitely a testament to the design and the construction of the space.”

Poggi noted that One Brooklyn Bridge Park has just surpassed the 50-percent-sold mark, as well, which opens it up to more lenders and thus more buyers. For those interested in the duplex townhomes, only 10 remain, only five of which face the water, so BroBos and BroBos-to-be, act fast. “We’re definitely seeing a nice start to the new year,” Poggi said.

Now if only they could do something about those pesky tour buses and helicopters.

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