What Will Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Controversial New Condos Look Like? [Photos]

  • The last few months have been filled with heated discussions about the construction of new housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park, in particular, the construction of affordable housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. At the center of the debate is the question of whether the city should support the construction of subsidized housing in the park when housing was to be built in the first place with the sole purpose of subsidizing the park.

    In a thorough rundown last week,  The New York Times documented the debate, which has been complicated by decidedly classist overtones, with some residents of One Brooklyn Bridge Park—the first of the park condo developments—worrying that moderate- and middle-income residents in their midst might hurt property values. And that would be with 30 percent of the units set aside for the middle class, with priority given to those who already live in the neighborhood.

    Such attitudes are enough to make even many otherwise inclined to be skeptical about including affordable housing in the park want to flood the space with low-income residents. Other warning signs for future development included worries among existing residents that more condos would increase crowds, indicating that an unsettling, proprietary air has already developed among residents.

    But enough abstract discussion! Let’s look at the renderings for the proposed developments, which will either give everyone something else to focus on, or more likely, give opponents something else to focus their anger on. The 15 architecture firms who submitted proposals will present their designs to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation this afternoon and the non-profit will make a selection in the fall.

    Building proposals had to be built on two sites adjacent to the park, with a maximum height of 315 feet and 155 feet, include 30 percent affordable housing, “create a vibrant new entrance to the park” and contribute amenities to the park on the ground floor, including public rest rooms. Some even went so far as to add public pools and pre-K centers (kissing up to de Blasio much)?

  • The Alloy Design and Bjarke Ingles proposal. (Balloons feature heavily into the renderings.)

  • The Alloy and Bjarke Ingles design would also feature a pool open to the public.

  • The design proposed by Asymptote Architecture.

  • A closer view of the Asymptote Architecture design.

  • BKSK and Aufgang proposal. (Apparently the architects felt no to feature frolicking children and dogs in their renderings.)

  • A closer view of the BKSK and Aufgang design.

  • The Davis Brody Bond proposal.

  • The kids and bicyclists are back.

  • Future Expansion and SBN Architects.

  • Not a particularly bucolic view, despite the trees.

  • FXFOWLE Architects' design, from a distance.

  • A FOXFOWLE rendering showing access to public restrooms, one of the requirements of the RFP.

  • H3 Hardy Collaboration rendering.

  • This proposal involves ghost residents.

  • The Marvel Architects design at morning...

  • And at night.

  • Morris Adjmi Architects.

  • Well that looks fun (still Morris Adjmi).

  • NV/da + O'Neill McVoy Architects (whom we hope, on the basis of their name alone, are not selected).

  • Reminds us of a certain jenga tower across the river.

  • The Pelli Clarke Pelli design. Kind of ho hum.

  • And somewhat reminiscent of a resort hotel.

  • The proposal by S9 Architecture (Perkins Eastman) features lots of greenery on the building.

  • And some landscaping outside.

  • Annabelle Selldorf presents a restrained design.

  • Though the rendering certainly makes use of a very sentimental sunset.

  • The WASA Studio A design also features lots of building greenery.

  • And people checking out the greenery appreciatively.