Urban Quotient

Brownsville South NCP

Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY
Infill Neighborhood Affordable Housing

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The Brownsville South cluster of sites sits at the southeastern corner of Brooklyn, all within 3 blocks of one another, connected by New Lots Avenue. Together they form a threshold in the urban fabric between industrial uses to the south and predominantly residential uses to the north, near the edge of the city’s Transit Zone, and at the edge of low-lying areas that are at higher risk of coastal flooding. While each of the sites is relatively small, they collectively define a larger area and represent an opportunity to seed a new type of resilient urban development in the area. By making the sites’ connectivity at the urban scale an important part of our design, we are projecting a framework for future development in the area in which a new urban context is resilient and adaptive, guided by Passive House principles with a goal of net zero energy usage where possible, and an overall theme of healthy food & living.

The three buildings are designed to both be seen as individual entities and to be seen as a connected whole. All three building facades share a similar patterning of fenestration and façade rhythm though the materials are different for each. Each building has a different massing unique to its site conditions, yet when seen along the whole street frontage of New Lots Avenue, the buildings gradually increase in height from 3 stories at 609 Osborn to 4 stories at 47 New Lots, to 5 stories at 95 New Lots getting higher and denser closer to the train line. The colors of each building are also different, yet again across the New Lots Street frontage there is a gradation of color from brighter and lighter tones to darker and more saturated hues.