In the Press: Brooklyn waterfront office building features brick and glass curtain facades


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SOURCE: THE ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER

The Brooklyn waterfront is no stranger to development. Over the past two decades, swaths of post-industrial Williamsburg filled with warehouses and factories have been cleared in favor of glass-and-steel residential properties.

One building, 25 Kent, an under-construction half-million-square-foot office tower designed by Gensler as Design Development Architect and Hollwich Kushner as Design Architect bucks the area’s cliches with its bifurcated facades of brick, glass, and blackened steel.

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Combining these three materials is not inherently novel, but the mix presented challenges in meeting increasingly stringent sustainability and LEED goals. “In lieu of brick returns, an aluminum perimeter trim was used in tandem with thermally broken window to achieve the best performance in a practical and cost-effective manner,” said Yalin Uluaydin, senior associate at Eckersley O’Callaghan, the project’s facade consultant. “Similar issues were addressed at the interface of the east and west facing aluminum curtain wall and underslung curtain wall. Mainly we had to address the offset mullions and how the curtain wall end panels are set in a brick opening on three sides.”

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