280 St.Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, building facade, windows

280 St.Marks Avenue in Brooklyn rediscovers lost craftsmanship

| 12 : 50 – 28 January 2019 |

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Located in Brooklyn, 280 St.Marks Avenue designed by DXA Studio celebrates and explores lost forms of craftsmanship 

Inspired by brick townhouses in its neighborhood, the architects maintained the rhythm in the facade of condominium building. Consisting of 31 housing units, the structural form was derived from its irregular plot shape which is infrequent to the city’s grid development.

With 2 to 3 walls facing the south light, each unit is lit up by natural light in addition to the warm interior design. Many local artist work’s adorn the building as a mark to revive lost local craftsmanship. At every level, outdoor spaces has been weaved into the living spaces. Apart from this, the ground floor houses community spaces, children’s playroom, gymnasium and a bike park area.

From the Architects –

DXA studio, a New York based architecture and design firm known for a diverse range of projects primarily in Manhattan and Brooklyn, has announced that 280 St. Marks Avenue, a condominium building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn has been completed.

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Brick facade resonates with the neighborhood buildings

280 St. Marks Avenue is a 80,000 square foot, 31 unit condominium building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Located in a neighborhood celebrated for its beautiful brownstones and brick townhouses, DXA maintained the wonderful cadence and quality of the surrounding neighborhood in the faceted facade of the building. The angles also correspond to the historic Flatbush Turnpike which ran near the site, whose early grid was superimposed by the city grid in the 1800’s resulting in angled neighboring buildings and irregular property lines.

“We are thrilled to see this completed project in such a rapidly evolving neighborhood,” said Wayne Norbeck, a partner at DXA studio. “We look forward to the building becoming an important presence in Prospect Heights and an integral part of the community.”

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View from the master bathroom

Essential to every unit is outdoor space.  The top floor has large terraces and landscaped roofs, intermediate floors have balconies and loggias. While the ground floor has a series of contiguous yards.  A suite of community focused amenity spaces are included in the building, beginning with a large double height community room with doors leading out to a public garden.  Above is a children’s playroom, and an outdoor recreation space with a gym and bike room below.

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Landscaped roof and terraces for top floor units


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Community playroom for the children’s

Building form and Interiors – 

The form of the building is derived from aforementioned irregular lot shape, and with a depth of over 130’, atypical for New York City. DXA was able to capitalize on south-facing exposures and give most units 2 or 3 exterior walls with large glass windows. The result is an abundance of natural light. This when coupled with light and bright pallet of the interior’s, give living spaces a prevailing sense of calm and well-being. Live-sawn white oak floors are complimented with walnut accents and Olympian Danby stone counters.

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Custom designed pendant lights

Inclusion of Brooklyn’s lost artforms – 

Brooklyn has experienced an artistic renaissance in last several years as lost forms of craftsmanship have been rediscovered and explored.  280 St. Marks celebrates this phenomenon in featuring many local artists and makers throughout the building.  A chandelier by lighting designer David Weeks greets you upon entry. Woods by Hudson Woods and Madera Trade can be found throughout. A wall paper by Flavor Paper and custom kitchen pendants by Brendan Ravenhill are integral to the decor.

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Living and dining space opens to the terrace and loggias

“DXA Studio is pleased to be part of new development which will be a significant residential addition to such a vibrant neighborhood,” said Jordan Rogove, a partner at DXA studio. “We are excited for future residents and hope they will enjoy and embrace the design of the development.”

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Clean, minimalist interior design for the kitchen

Project details –


Project Name – 280 St.Marks Avenue

Location – Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York , United States of America

Architect Firm – DXA Studio | www.dxastudio.com

Project type – Residence, Housing, Condominium

Photography  – © Florian Holzherr

Completion Year – 2018

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