1. A MEGA-COMPLEX GROWS IN BROOKLYN
Denizen Bushwick features 911 apartments (20% affordable), 15 mega-murals, and 100,000 sf of outdoor space, including a 17,850-sf public park. ODA New York designed the entire 1.2 million-sf development—architecture, interiors, and landscape design—for developer Rabsky Group. Indoor amenities include a bowling alley, pool, game room, boxing ring, chef’s kitchen, rock climbing wall, spin studio, yoga studio, golf simulator, and movie theater. Rooftop amenities: a dining area with four kitchens, a mini-golf course, a hammock garden, a dog park, and a fully staffed garden with 250 native New York tree species and 1,200 species of shrubs and perennials, plus a rooftop farm. The enterprise sits on land once occupied by the Rheingold brewery (1854). At one time, Brooklyn was home to hundreds of breweries, among them Piels Bros., Schaefer, Liebmann’s, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. For years, Rheingold, “The Extra Dry Beer,” hosted the annual “Miss Rheingold” contest. Brooklynites of a certain age will recall its classic jingle: “My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer (bump-bump). Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer.” Also on the team: ADG Engineering (SE), Philip Habib & Associates (CE), MG Engineering (MEP), LaufsED (façade consultant), Schuco (curtain wall contractor), Azzarone Contracting Corp. (concrete contractor), and Woodworker (GC). The mural above is by Aaron Li-Hill, a Canadian visual artist based in Brooklyn, who took inspiration from historic Native American culture. The pool mural (opposite) is by Italian-born artist Pixel Pancho, whose Pixelpancho Studio is based in Miami. These and 13 others were commissioned for the project by ODA’s nonprofit organization OPEN, founded in 2017 to support artists and neighborhood organizations.
2. 39-STORY TOWER enlivens DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Related California’s recently completed tower, Fifteen Fifty, rises 400 feet at 1550 Mission Street, San Francisco. Its 550 residences range in size from studios to three-bedrooms, plus a penthouse collection. Market-rate leases run $3,500 to $9,900/month; 20% of the units have been set aside for low-income families. Also featured: the 32,000-sf Equinox Van Mission Fitness Club, the new Bar Agricole tavern, a 12,000-sf private park, and an art collection by Jessica Silverman Gallery. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (architect) combined with Marmol Radziner (interiors and landscaping) and Build Group (GC) on the enterprise.
3. FIRST NEW CONSTRUCTION ON CHICAGO’S GOLD COAST
Booth Hansen Architects designed 61 Banks Street for developer Draper & Kramer. The 58-unit luxury apartment building is the first such construction on Chicago’s Gold Coast in 35 years. Darcy Bonner & Associates (interiors), Jacobs/Ryan Associates (landscaping), and Leopardo (GC) contributed to the eight-story project. The two- and three-bedroom rentals and maisonettes feature Bosch and JennAir appliances, wine refrigerators, and Kohler and Toto bath fixtures.
4. WOOD-BUILT PROJECT outside BOSTON GETS LEED PLATINUM
The Harvey, Charlestown, Mass., is one of the first five-over-one wood construction projects and the first LEED for Homes Platinum (Multifamily) apartment building in the Boston region. Designed by CBT and built by Lee Kennedy Co. for Catamount Management Corp., the 177-unit community has five EV charging stations, storage for 184 bicycles, a dog wash and dog run, and a rideshare lounge.
5. COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR HOMELESS and at-risk YOUTH in Everett, Wash.
Seattle-based Cocoon House supports homeless and at-risk youth through short- and long-term housing. Its new LEED Silver facility in Everett, Wash., provides meals, counseling spaces, a computer lab, classrooms, and recreation spaces for those transitioning out of homelessness. The 40 apartments are organized in neighborhoods of 8 to 10 units, each with a common kitchen, laundry, and living room. GGLO (architect) also did the interior and landscape design. Kirtley-Cole Associates was the GC.
6. giorgio ARMANI DRAPES 56-STORY FLORIDA HIGH-RISE IN HAUTE COUTURE
The Related Group and Dezer Development completed the Residences by Armani/Casa, Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., with interior design by Giorgio Armani, architecture by César Pelli (1926-2019), and landscape architecture by Enzo Enea. The 308 condominiums start at $2.9 million and go up to $17 million for the 5,986-sf north-facing penthouse.
7. SAN DIEGO NETS 160 AFFORDABLE RENTALS
Two new affordable communities are located with a half-mile of a trolley stop and close to grocery stores, restaurants, and healthcare services in San Diego. Stella offers a mix of 80 studios and one-bedroom supportive housing units for formerly homeless persons or those with special needs. Bluewater has 80 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units for low-income families earning 30-60% of AMI. Developer Affirmed Housing partnered with Suffolk (GC), Studio E Architects, Kettler Leweck Engineering, IVY Landscape Architects, NEXUS for Affordable Housing, Interfaith Community Services, and Solari Enterprises.
8. DENVER LUXURY PROJECT EARNS TWO MAJOR INDUSTRY AWARDS
Parq on Speer, Greystar’s 16-story residential/retail tower in Denver’s Creative District, has been named to the 2019 Elite 1% ORA Properties list and a 2020 Kingsley Excellence Winner. Designed by Ziegler Cooper, the 302-unit community has townhomes, penthouses, and apartments from studio to three-bedroom. All residences have smart lighting, Nest thermostats, and Wi-Fi-enabled entry. Amenities: two dog runs, Peloton cycling, a yoga studio, a sports lounge, and a catering kitchen with microbrew taps.