Brooklyn, NY Two Trees Management’s newly opened 325 Kent is the first new structure to open at the $3 billion, 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment site on the Williamsburg waterfront.
325 Kent, designed by SHoP Architects, stands 16 stories tall and is the sole upland parcel at the southern end of the Domino Sugar site. Featuring a silhouette that steps up incrementally in height, it forms a visual connection between the existing low-rise neighborhood, the landmarked Refinery building, and the taller waterfront buildings slated for future construction. Facing the river, there is a large architectural opening capped by a three-story bridge which contains the building’s core amenities. Clad with a copper façade on lower floors and a zinc façade on upper floors, the curtain wall is perforated in a variety of patterns to create light-filled homes.
325 Kent is a fully amenitized building and contains outdoor space, including a James Corner Field Operations-designed 7,000 s/f roof deck overlooking the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and another 2,000 s/f fourth floor courtyard. The building includes a health club, bike storage, residents’ lounge with views of the city, a billiard table, fireplace, and chef’s kitchen for catering. The building houses 522 units of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with home office, and two-bedroom units – 104 of which are affordable to low income residents. Two Trees received 87,000 applications for the 104 affordable apartments in the building.
Incredible independent retailers will fill soon the ground floor including specialty food and beverage store Mekelburg’s, a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Missy Robbins (of Lilia fame), and Sky Ting Yoga, all of which will open this year. The six-acre Domino Park, which fronts the building is slated to open this summer. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the designers behind the High Line, the park will honor the industrial history of the site, incorporating industrial artifacts like syrup tanks and gantry cranes across the public space.