March 27, 2018 • By Cate Corcoran
The modern apartment building that will replace Boerum Hill’s historic Church of the Redeemer at 24 4th Avenue is a trademark ODA design that nonetheless manages to bring a fresh look to the busy corner close to Barclays Center. Like many ODA designs, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes.
The design is trompe l’oeil: The brick appears to be a continuous 2-D surface that seems to fall away at the edges with nothing behind it. Windows are framed by shadow boxes.
Stained, not painted, garage doors made of strips of wood and ground-floor shops with big windows will likely make the building pleasant to walk by at the street level.
The rendering was first published by NY YIMBY Wednesday.
The 12-story mixed-use building will include 63 apartments as well as community and retail space. There will be underground parking for 16 cars and 32 bicycles, as well as a lounge, laundry, storage, a dog spa, and exercise facilities in the cellar, the Schedule A reveals. Outdoor recreation areas are planned for the roof, second floor and, surprisingly, the cellar.
The higher the floor, the fewer units; the two highest floors have only three apartments per floor, likely indicating fairly spacious and luxurious units.
Developer Adam America’s other projects include 251 First Street and 190 South 1st Street in Williamsburg, both also ODA projects, although quite different looking. The latter featured board-formed concrete walls.
Despite community protests, the Gothic Revival Church of the Redeemer, designed by architect Patrick C. Keely, was demolished in 2015. Built in 1866, the church was not landmarked and the diocese said it could not afford necessary repairs.