In Red Hook, Townhouses + Parking

People / Places / July 10, 2015

Italian-born architect Aldo Andreoli looked to Amsterdam for inspiration as he conceived a new townhouse project in Brooklyn’s Red Hook.

More specifically, it was Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, a newly renovated area of the city built almost entirely of modern townhomes, that inspired the designs for 22 new townhouses overlooking the water.

Each is three stories tall, with off-street parking, a rooftop terrace, and a fenced garden in the back. The architect has developed five facade typologies based on New York’s late 19th- and early 20th- century architecture, calling them ” steel, arches, corten, brick, and terracotta” for the materials he’ll employ.

“They will repeat randomly,” he says. “Each represents an iconic typology of a New York townhouse.”

They are designed to complement one another but also to form a coherent whole with a scale and proportions the architect calls “organic.”

Red Hook, a neighborhood in transition, is a waterfront enclave of low-rise buildings including civil-war era warehouses on cobblestone streets, but has a relatively low number of townhomes compared to the rest of the borough.

On the site previously were a pair of one-story, 1950s-era warehouses that had been abandoned. “They were really not gracious enough to do something with them,” he says. “And with zoning and the size of the townhouses, we are maximizing the square footage.”

Each will be about 2,800 square feet, with four bedrooms, three baths, a formal dining area, a living room with a gas fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, skylit stairwell, and third floor laundry room, and abundant closets.

Twelve will be located on King Street, at 109-125 King St., and ten on Sullivan Street, at 72-84 Sullivan St. Thus their name: King & Sullivan Townhomes.

Each will be priced at $2.5 million.

 

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