City Point

Cultural, Mixed-Use, Residences
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Brooklyn, NY
City Point - aerial view
City Point sits at the heart of downtown Brooklyn at the intersection of a diverse collection of neighborhoods and urban uses. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - aerial view
The massing of the towers allows for an expansive garden roof and generous openness to the city. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - exterior
The scale and materiality of the Fulton Street façade is designed to complement the character of the historic retail street. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - exterior
While fully integrated into the mixed use structure, the residential towers were designed with a distinct street presence. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - exterior
The Gold Street façade is inspired by Fulton Street Market, a pop-up market created from shipping containers that was located on the site prior to construction. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - exterior
This art installation, "Fabulous Phil" by artists Steven and William Ladd, was created in collaboration with over 1000 participants from 16 schools and institutions in downtown Brooklyn. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - exterior
The terracotta, zinc, and stainless steel façades recall the historic materials of downtown Brooklyn's iconic retail street. Photography by David Sundberg.
City Point - 7 Dekalb exterior
7 Dekalb is clad with seam zinc and stainless steel, materials with dynamic light reflecting qualities and which will develop a natural patina over time, adding a sense of change to the façade. Photography by David Sundberg.
Cultural, Mixed-Use, Residences
Brooklyn, NY
City Point - aerial view
City Point sits at the heart of downtown Brooklyn at the intersection of a diverse collection of neighborhoods and urban uses.
City Point - aerial view
The massing of the towers allows for an expansive garden roof and generous openness to the city.
City Point - exterior
The scale and materiality of the Fulton Street façade is designed to complement the character of the historic retail street.
City Point - exterior
While fully integrated into the mixed use structure, the residential towers were designed with a distinct street presence.
City Point - exterior
The Gold Street façade is inspired by Fulton Street Market, a pop-up market created from shipping containers that was located on the site prior to construction.
City Point - exterior
This art installation, "Fabulous Phil" by artists Steven and William Ladd, was created in collaboration with over 1000 participants from 16 schools and institutions in downtown Brooklyn.
City Point - exterior
The terracotta, zinc, and stainless steel façades recall the historic materials of downtown Brooklyn's iconic retail street.
City Point - exterior
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City Point, a 1.6 million square foot complex of retail, office, entertainment and high-rise residential buildings in Downtown Brooklyn has become a catalyst for a more vibrant, more diverse urban community. At the heart of Downtown Brooklyn’s historical entertainment and shopping district, City Point is directly adjacent to Albee Square, the historical 1908 Dime Savings Bank, and the planned Willoughby Square Park.

The unique site sits at the collision of several Brooklyn street grids and its edges connect with a varied collection of neighborhoods and urban uses, including a high-rise corridor of apartment buildings rising along Flatbush Avenue, a large public housing community, a commercial office district, a historical and vibrant retail district, a major university, and historical brownstone neighborhoods. The monumental task of the City Point project was to stitch these fragments together to create a hub of neighborhood services and connector for the full diversity of the community that would anchor the flourishing of Downtown Brooklyn.

A catalyst for a more vibrant, more diverse urban community.
City Point - facade detail
The contemporary terracotta and glass façade references the historic terracotta details of the adjacent landmark Dime Savings Bank.

The building creates new pedestrian infrastructure to draw people in and through with a porous streetscape of many entry points, disrupting privileged entries to ensure access for the entire community. The carefully detailed façade and streetwall reinterprets the scale and proportion of the area’s historical terracotta architecture into a modern expression that complements the weight and warmth of its historical context.

Overhead, the roof of the buildings carries a rich system of gardens, green roof and urban agriculture. While the architecture and planning ties the building to its historical and cultural context, the garden level is a regenerative connector for the urban ecosystem. Rising from the garden level, two residential towers—7 DeKalb, majority affordable housing, and City Tower—are arranged to protect the space of the garden and convey a sense of generous openness to the city. Their orientation opens the sky view for pedestrians while providing the necessary high-density, high-rise, multi-income residences to create a diverse, mixed-use community that is socially and ecologically connected.

Awards

    • Public Design Commission Annual Award for Excellence in Design (2012) – Phase I
    • Public Design Commission Annual Award for Excellence in Design (2013) – Phase II
    • Brooklyn Building Award for Retail (2013)