An old Brooklyn sugar refinery becomes creative office spaces

March 28, 2019 by  
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A historic waterfront factory has been given a new lease on life thanks to New York-based architecture firm ODA and Triangle Assets. Located at 10 Jay Street in DUMBO, New York City, the project explores both adaptive reuse and historic preservation in its transformation of the former Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery into creative office spaces. The sensitive renovation updates the building to modern standards while carefully preserving its history, from the restrained industrial-inspired material palette to a new reflective facade that evokes sugar crystals. Built in 1898, the massive structure first served as the Arbuckle Brothers’ sugar refinery. After the building was converted into a winery , the front structure of the building was torn down, leaving only three of the original facades intact. The building then remained vacant and abandoned for 50 years until real estate agency Triangle Assets purchased the property with aims of renovation. To that end, Triangle Assets tapped ODA to turn the 230,000-square-foot warehouse and its 10 stories into flexible offices that overlook panoramic views of Manhattan and Williamsburg’s waterfront. The interiors are also minimally dressed in exposed brick and steel in a nod to the site’s industrial heritage. Existing historical features, such as the terracotta arches and octagonal columns, were restored and exposed. The building is also embedded in Brooklyn Bridge Park, making it the only privately owned building in the park thanks to the owner’s donation of nearly 15,000 square feet of land to the park. The new crystalline west facade reflects the park and sunsets over the river. Related: Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory “As the conversation surrounding heritage and preservation grows, 10 Jay Street is a prime example of how cities around the world recover and readapt buildings,” a press release on the project said. “The design dared to challenge the way landmark buildings are seen and, in doing so, created unique threads to link old with new, the industrial age with the digital era, and create a product for the modern age.” + ODA Photography by Pavel Bendov via ODA

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Off Centre’s Delightfully Imperfect Glass Decor Celebrates Little Mistakes

May 2, 2014 by  
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Some say that the secret to happiness is learning to embrace imperfection, and if that’s the case, Brooklyn-based Off Centre must be quite content. The design collaborative, founded by Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata, specializes in delicate glass decor that celebrates little mistakes like rippling, wrinkling and folding. Click here to get a preview of Off Centre’s, well, off-center glass masterpieces. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BKLYN Designs , BKLYN Designs 2014 , brooklyn glass studio , DUMBO , Edison Zapata , glass , glass art , glassblowing , Off Centre , Romina Gonzales , urban glass studio

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Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

May 7, 2013 by  
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We never realized that lamps could go to the dark side , but apparently they can if they’re made by Brooklyn-based Dog Tag Designs . The furniture design studio has a penchant for taking unique objects (like this Darth Vader bust ) and turning them into tables, light fixtures and more. Dog Tag will be at BKLYN Designs 2013 this Friday – but if you can’t wait until then, here’s a little preview of what they’ll be bringing to the show. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artsy fartsy , BKLYN Designs , Brooklyn , Dog Tag Designs , DUMBO , eco design , green design , lamps , NYC , Recycled Materials , steampunk , sustainable design , Tables , Tyagi Schwartz , upcycled design        

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Artist Imagines What Brooklyn Would Look Like Underwater

October 6, 2010 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Inspired by climate change issues, Brooklyn-based artist Eric Corriel’s latest piece, DUMBO Underwater, imagines what it would look like if sea levels rose to the point where parts of New York City were submerged completely underwater.

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