After more than a decade of construction, Pacific Park, the Brooklyn megaproject formerly known as Atlantic Yards, is still coming into its own. A significant portion is inching toward the finish line at 595 Dean Street, where two residential towers and a handful of public green spaces will be completed by 2023.
The 23- and 28-story towers will have a total of 798 rental apartments, with 240 affordable units. Both buildings will share an address at 595 Dean Street, and will be connected by an underground walkway that gradually ascends to ground level, following the change in elevation on the property. The 15-foot-wide passage will include a series of amenity spaces, including a lounge, coworking area, screening room, conference rooms, mailroom, grooming station, and an entrance to Chelsea Piers. Fitness, which will fill most of the ground floor retail space with a sprawling gym. The portion above street level will have large windows, while the areas below ground level will have a strip of skylights to let in sunlight.
As for the exteriors, the west tower will be clad in red brick, in a nod to many of the adjacent buildings, while the east tower is covered in a mix of gray metal and gray brick façade panels.
Despite the height of the towers, Frank Fusaro, the partner at Handel Architects who oversaw the project, said the design team tried to “strengthen the street wall.” Both buildings were setback after eight to nine stories, and both setbacks have been converted into outdoor community spaces. The west tower includes a pool and loungers, plus a small indoor cardio studio, while the east tower’s roof terrace is outfitted with tables, chairs, and grills for alfresco dining.
The areas between and behind the buildings will be converted into a series of open-air public green spaces. To the left of the western tower, there will be a colorful playground and dog park, and between the two towers will be a grassy field surrounded by a wildflower garden, jogging paths, and benches. Behind the east gray tower, concrete steps will offer seating and a series of jets of water will gush out of the ground so locals can cool off during the summer months.
Finally, the architects incorporated pieces from the Ward Bakery, a 19th-century commercial bakery that once occupied the site and was demolished a decade ago.
“Much of its history was maintained through tiles, balustrades and railings,” said Honyi Wang, another Handel architect. “We’re using some of that in the park to remember what was happening here. One part is displayed in exhibition style on a plaque in the center, and another part is simply used in a new construction. We are using the railings and balustrades to make new tables.”