325 Kent Avenue, the stylish new building in Brooklyn’s tony Williamsburg neighborhood, boasts some of the city’s most refined landscaped spaces. The expansive courtyard, lushly planted terraces and breathtaking roof deck overlook the new crown jewel of Brooklyn’s waterfront, Domino Park.
Developed by Two Trees Management, the building has a noticeable ‘hole’ in the center- a playful nod to the ubiquitous ‘Sugar’ donut. Designed by Ismael Levya Architects, and with interiors developed by Leeser Architecture, the project is an engineering marvel. Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc. built the four main exterior amenity spaces, including the 4th Floor Courtyard, twin 16th Floor terraces and the 17th Floor roof deck.
The Courtyard is 9,900 square feet. A central, rectilinear dry-bed leads through a casual planting of large shade trees, ferns and perennials ending at a blackened steel water feature. The water spills into a reflecting pool featuring a 12’ tall sandstone sculpture by Lluis Lleo. Two thirty-foot built-in benches flank the deck surrounding the end of the reflecting pool.
The 16th Floor has two terraces that are nearly mirror images. At roughly 3,000 square feet, one of the terraces functions as an entertainment space with a built in kitchen and seating, while the other features a flush deck that acts as an outdoor yoga classroom.
The 17th Floor roof deck is approximately 5,000 square feet and comprises distinct usage areas, including a 40’ long kitchen and bar area, picnic spaces, North and South lounges, conversational clusters and a raised garden of steppable plants and lounge chairs under shade trees. Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc. fabricated all of the architecture above the waterproofing membrane- including the custom kitchen, planters, edging, stairs, decking, lounges and benches.
Blackened Steel, ipe, rectangular pavers and linear lighting appear throughout the spaces.
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