New York City, USA
Design Concept
The architecture, design and planning of PierSix by Asymptote is centered around the notion that any new, tall buildings along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront should take as their impetus and inspiration three key parameters: The first being a contextual design sensitivity, to that of the neighborhood, the park and the environment. The second parameter is that any new construction should be a sustainable and sophisticated response using contemporary architectural materials and construction, and thirdly that the buildings project a forward-looking and enlightened approach to housing and lifestyle in line with local Brooklyn culture.
To achieve these three aspects, the design of the towers engages the issues of both scale and presence, taking inspiration from the architecture of light houses and other iconic markers historically found along waterfronts. The design is simultaneously a response to the building's proximity to the lush and diverse landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The two-prong approach to the iconic presence of these buildings in the park, were the key drivers behind the project's distinctive look and design. On the one hand, the project's exterior, comprised of an artful, vertical composition of color and material variation,
and the reflective and painterly play of light and shadow, speaks to the importance of the building's presence on the skyline and affords the architecture a place of stature and dignity, set against the Brooklyn skyline, but also in dialog with the Manhattan skyline across the East River.
Park Interface
At street level, on the other hand, the building's base has been integrated into the park landscaping to create new seasonally appropriate public spaces that are adjacent to new public services and amenities, while decorative screening, inspired by the elegant
and powerful sculptures of the great American sculptor Harry Bertoia, creates a scale shift and filtering device that further interfaces with new planting and the surrounding landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The architecture of the buildings, from the cascading facade design inspired by the shimmer and beauty of flowing water, sky and light, as well as reeds and grasses, is designed with an environmental as well as aesthetic intelligence. The facade design changes according to orientation and purpose. The south and west facades take into account the need for sun-shading and heat and light mitigation while the north and east facades have more opaque building envelops, designed to provide privacy from adjacent buildings and mitigate noise from the nearby BQE. Higher up, the facades open to the impressive views on all sides from the Brooklyn Bridge and upper Manhattan to the north, to the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline to the west, to all of Brooklyn to the east and to the shipyards, Governors Island and beyond to the south.
The PierSix buildings, as envisioned by Asymptote, have been conceived to contribute to the growing vitality of Brooklyn. These new buildings are sophisticated architectural markers that serve as an anchor and a gateway that draws together the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, the terminus of Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge Park. These towers are designed to sit elegantly overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park as demure works that artfully reflect the sky and shimmer in the reflected light of the river, and stand as landmarks that signifying the vitality and presence of Brooklyn.
Project Information
Date: 2014

Superficie: 126 400 sqm

Client: Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation