New York architecture firm ODA has transformed a landmarked factory in Brooklyn’s Dumbo overlooking the city’s East River into an office building fronted by a huge glistening glass facade.
Called 10 Jay Street, the new office complex occupies the former 230,000-square-foot (21,367-square-metre) Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery building in Brooklyn.
The waterfront project marks a new lease of life for the historic industrial structure, which was completed in 1898 by George M Newhall Engineering Co.
The building was used as a refinery up until 1925, when it was then converted into a winery. Ten years later, the front wall was stripped off, leaving the property to fall into disrepair.
ODA overhauled the structure for the Stavrach family of local real estate investment firm Triangle Assets, which purchased the building in 1991 after it had been left vacant for 50 years.
The firm restored the three original brickwork facades on the east, north and south sides of the building, and added the origami-like glass front to replace the lost western facade.
The glittery, geometric skin is intended to evoke sugar crystals and a reference to the history of the building, while the glass also reflects the nearby park and riverfront.
Video is by Pavel Bendov.
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