Local architecture studio SO-IL has revealed designs for a high-rise apartment building under construction in downtown Brooklyn that will be sheathed in perforated metal skin.
The designs depict a building made of slender, interconnected volumes paired with large windows and numerous outdoor patios, located just outside the Dumbo district.
Dubbed 9 Chapel, it will contain 27 one- to four-bedroom residences spanning 14 floors and will be “visible” from the Brooklyn Bridge.
The exterior will be wrapped in perforated metallic ripstop leather.
The fluted façade will absorb light while providing privacy throughout the various outdoor spaces. Each unit will have covered and uncovered patios designed for year-round use.
Details such as semi-circle cutouts in the patio roof provide additional lighting, while concrete exterior walls will be included to reflect a wave pattern similar to the metal exterior.
Loggias in the exterior parts of the building also provide outdoor space.
Each dwelling will be a corner unit with at least two exposed facades, which SO-IL achieved by positioning the building volumes at different angles and keeping each floor width to no more than two windows.
“By taking advantage of the special characteristics of this site, we are introducing an innovative concept: a collection of homes that are dynamically connected to their surroundings,” said Florian Edenberg, SO-IL co-founder.
“This is an exceptional and dynamic approach to living in the 21st century in New York.”
The interiors show an open plan bedroom and living space that opens directly onto the surrounding terraces through large glass doors.
Each unit will be fitted with an oversized custom kitchen island.
Concrete ceilings and light wood floors will run throughout the interiors.
The entrance to the building would be buried only a few feet underground, and would be pushed back from the street so that the volume cantilevered at ground level above the small entrance plaza. The plaza will be framed by the resulting exposed structural columns.
It will contain floor-to-ceiling windows and garden boxes with native plant species.
Additional building facilities will include a shared lounge, a “state of the art” fitness studio and bike storage.
Church No. 9 is located on a “corner” in downtown Brooklyn, with views of the adjacent Cathedral of St. James’s Cathedral and the World Trade Center.
Elsewhere in Brooklyn, the area’s first ultra-high-rise skyscraper was recently completed by SHoP Architects, and two twin porcelain-clad skyscrapers are currently under construction along the waterfront of the Domino Sugar Refinery.
Renderings are by DARCSTUDIO.