Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets Its Starchitecture

  • As The Observer previously reported, Brooklyn Bridge Park had attracted a swell of high-profile development and design attention to the first new development parcel planned alongside the park. Calling for a hotel and luxury apartments, the competition attracted not only the firms we knew—Two Trees, Toll Brothers, Dermot, Extell and Hamlin—but also Starwood Capital (working with Hamlin), SDS Procida and Robert A. Levine. The latter are known for On Prospect Park and One Brooklyn Bridge Park, respectively.

    All of them have hired top notch architects, offering the kind of dynamic neighborhood BBP president Regina Meyer said she was hoping for. The community was not exactly thrilled with what they saw at the unveiling of the designs tonight—more on that tomorrow—but without further ado, here they are.

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  • Architect: FXFowle
    Landscape Architect: West 8
    Hotel Partner: Hyatt

  • Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
    Landscape: Mathews Nielsen
    Hotel: Westin

  • Architect: Cangelosi Design & Architecture (CDA)
    Landscape: Site
    Hotel: Le Meridian

  • Architect: Leeser Architects
    Hotel: Marriott Autograph

  • Architect: Bernheimer Architects, Alloy Development, nArchitects
    Landscape: DLand Studio
    Hotel: 1 Hotel (New Starwood concept)

  • Architects: RogersMarvel
    Hotel: Hampshire/Dream Hotel

  • Architect: WASA/Studio A
    Landscape: SCAPE
    Hotel Partner: TBD

  • View of the project looking down Furman Street.

  • The proposal concentrates development around a central courtyard.

  • Connecting to the Squib Park bridge.

  • The proposal is notable for its large window shades and the fact that only one parcel will be developed, the other being given over to St. Ann's Warehouse.

  • Like many developers, Extell locates the bulk of its hotel on the northern plot.

  • Uses are broken up into discreet volumes, with hotel and residential towers atop a conventional retail base.

  • The bridge cutting between the two plots.

  • The most polished of the designs.

  • The crowd gasped at the site of the Levine proposal, but the smaller plot has a certain urbane scale to it.

  • The Leeser design features a huge glass box with public spaces cut into it.

  • Th signature feature is a publicly accessible atrium, which is surrounded by apartments and hotel rooms on either side.

  • The lobby and various amenities float within the space.

  • A diagram of the complex plan.

  • The Starwood entry is clad in copper louvres that are meant to work as op art on the facade.

  • A more traditional loft-like approach is taken with the second building.

  • The project is raised in numerous spots, so the project does not block access to the park.

  • Another proposal with a northern hotel.

  • The project is broken up to create different views of the city.

  • The design also features stepped-up spaces, creating terraces and rooftop green spaces.

  • Another green project is Two Trees offering, which includes a three-story hotel lobby at the northern corner.

  • The park-facing facade features a "living wall."

  • The Brooklyn Heights side lacks the green wall, but the apartment pods that protrude from the building persist.

  • The proposal snakes along the site, creating additional park space in the crooks of the buildings.


  1. BrooklynRider says:

    I like this one best. Two Trees is a local firm and they don’t build crap. The green facade is a big plus.

  2. Laura NYC says:

    These are all awful.  Why didn’t any of these architects even try to match the character of the neighborhood?  They are all in such a damn hurry to build the same boring glass boxes that they think are exciting.  If they want to win this design competition, a little consideration of the surroundings would be nice.  These are neither Brooklyn Heights nor Dumbo.  yuck, yuck, yuck

  3. Paul Sternglass says:

    I think that these all look amazing and each has their own merits. For anyone who thinks that they have to “match the character”  of the neighborhood; these are not actually in the Heights, they are in a contemporary park, and they all match that well. Brooklyn is a creative place and these designs show that to the world. We are living in the 21th century, and our architecture should reflect that. With the attitude that all future buildings should look like the previous generation, we would all be living in mud huts! Let’s live in the now!