One South First

Mixed-Use, Residences, Workplaces
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Brooklyn, NY
One South First - rendering
One South First is the northernmost building of the historic Domino Sugar site on the East River.
One South First - rendering
One South First forms the corner of Kent Ave and Grand Street, with storefronts that recall the scale and rhythm of the surrounding Williamsburg streetscape.
One South First - rendering
The rigorous façade is a self-shading system, with angular forms inspired by sugar crystals.
One South First - construction
Façade panels were cast from 3D printed forms.
One South First - facade
Each elevation is designed according to its solar orientation to reduce energy used for cooling.
Mixed-Use, Residences, Workplaces
Brooklyn, NY
One South First - rendering
One South First is the northernmost building of the historic Domino Sugar site on the East River.
One South First - rendering
One South First forms the corner of Kent Ave and Grand Street, with storefronts that recall the scale and rhythm of the surrounding Williamsburg streetscape.
One South First - rendering
The rigorous façade is a self-shading system, with angular forms inspired by sugar crystals.
One South First - facade
Façade panels were cast from 3D printed forms.
One South First - construction
Each elevation is designed according to its solar orientation to reduce energy use for cooling.
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The interconnected towers of One South First are located at the northern end of the five-building Domino Sugar development, which includes the adaptive reuse of the landmarked sugar refinery and four new buildings on the Williamsburg waterfront, each designed by a different architect under a 2013 master plan created by SHoP Architects.

The interlocking workplace and residential towers are raised at the base by a three-story podium that holds the street walls of the block and will be topped with a roof garden and outdoor recreation space for residential and workplace tenants. The communal green space will serve to connect residents and workers and offer a view over a new waterfront park below.

Under Construction
462,000 SF
The contemporary façade design is inspired by sugar’s crystalline structure, connecting the new building with the industrial history of the site.
Video courtesy of Autodesk.

Located within the footprint of the former sugar manufacturing facility, the contemporary façade design is inspired by sugar’s crystalline structure, connecting the new building with the industrial history of the site. With crisp modernist repetition, angled white precast concrete creates a deep, faceted façade, generating a play of light and shadow to animate the rigorous forms. Designed to self-shade, each elevation is formed to respond to its specific solar orientation and optimized to reduce energy use for cooling.

The program and form of the tower offers a unique opportunity to prioritize energy efficiency through the complementary energy profiles of different uses. Excess heat produced from the work spaces that is traditionally rejected from the top of the building, will be captured and reused for the residential component, significantly reducing energy use.

At street level, One South First is designed to foster connection and integration with the wider Williamsburg community. The storefronts are designed to allow for variation and unique identities to promote visual evolution and adaptation over time, like the historic streetscapes found throughout Williamsburg. Enhanced bicycle parking allows for greater connection to the adjacent Kent Avenue bike path, promoting sustainable modes of transit.

Awards

Architects Newspaper Best of Design: Digital Fabrication (2018)

One South First - construction
Workers install a pre-cast panel at One South First.