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Brooklyn Steel concert venue is topped with a green roof that acts as an acoustical lid

HLW designed the project.

June 06, 2019 |

Photos courtesy HLW

Located in a 20,000-sf former steel fabrication warehouse, the Brooklyn Steel concert venue and event space combines old materials like exposed brick, steel, and corrugated metal with new materials such as glass, tile, and stone.

The HLW-designed venue features a re-configurable stage, a double-height pre-function area, a multi-tiered performance hall, three bars, multiple green rooms, and ancillary support spaces. It can accommodate approximately 2,000 people and incorporates a yellow color as a wayfinding element.


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One of the venue’s most unique features is one guests will never even see: a green roof that acts as an acoustical lid for the building. The green roof creates an ideal acoustical experience for the guests inside while mitigating sound transmission outside the building. Additionally, the green roof comprises Brooklyn’s only urban bee farming cooperative.

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