Sweet second life: Landmarks approves Domino Sugar constructing's transformation into glass-and-brick office – Brooklyn Paper

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Sweet!: The town voted to approve developer Two Bushes’s plan to remodel the landmarked Domino Sugar Manufacturing facility into office house on Nov. 28.

By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Paper

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It’s a refinery redefined.

A developer will rework the previous Domino Sugar manufacturing facility’s landmarked refinery constructing into a futuristic glass-and-brick office house following the Landmarks Preservation Fee’s Tuesday vote to approve the design. The greenlit proposal — which a brand new architect created after the constructing’s homeowners scrapped the primary landmarks-authorized makeover — is a candy technique to protect the waterfront construction’s heritage whereas turning it into a up to date workspace, in keeping with a frontrunner of the undertaking.

“The brand new plan is best for everybody,” stated David Lombino, who works for developer Two Bushes, which is overseeing the conversion. “It honors and highlights the landmark; supplies a versatile, trendy, and completely distinctive office expertise; and welcomes the general public to get pleasure from this nice piece of New York’s historical past.”

Honchos on the Brooklyn-based mostly actual-property firm in October tapped architect Vishaan Chakrabarti from Observe for Structure and Urbanism to makeover the 19th-century Kent Avenue construction that after churned out Domino’s candy stuff.

His design requires making a glass-encased office house with a barrel-vaulted roof that's surrounded by the refinery’s outer partitions and set again from the brick exterior, permitting daylight and air to circulation freely between the constructing’s previous and new elements, in keeping with data from the developer. It should additionally embrace a courtyard and floor-flooring house for to-be-introduced eating places and retailers, in addition to public loos.

The architect’s predecessor proposed the same idea — a glass-enclosed office throughout the refinery’s present exterior — however the crystalline workspace in that model butted in opposition to the brick partitions, as a substitute of being set again from them. Landmarks fee members authorized that plan in 2014, however the developer in the end determined to scrap it out of concern it could end in a darkish, unwelcoming house that would drive tenants away, in keeping with a New York Magazine report.

Chakrabarti first offered his design to the landmarks company in late October, however commissioners tabled their vote and instructed him to return again with extra particular particulars about how he would shield the brick facade, assemble the glass vault, and keep the commercial really feel of the constructing’s masonry openings.

The architect appeared to win the preservationists over the second time round, nonetheless, as a result of they voted eight to 1 to approve his proposal.

And as promised, the enduring Domino Sugar signal, which workers ripped from the exterior of the landmarked building in 2014, will likely be positioned atop it as soon as development wraps, in keeping with a rep for the developer, who couldn't affirm a completion date though earlier stories claimed work will wrap round 2020.

The refinery sits in the course of the previous Domino Sugar Manufacturing facility website that Two Bushes is remodeling in its mega-improvement undertaking, which is able to embrace a complete of 5 residential and business buildings and a park on the sprawling parcel on the fringe of the East River.

This summer time, tenants moved into the first of the complex’s residential buildings, a 16-story excessive-rise on the foot of S. Fourth Avenue that features an elevated courtyard, a roof deck, a well being membership, a lounge, and a chef’s kitchen for catering.

Attain reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Comply with her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 12:00 am, December , 2017

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