505 Pacific Street, Brooklyn

Location: NYC

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

Photos: Florian Holzherr

Petersen Magazine: Petersen 48

Products: D92

Categories: Housing projects

505 Pacific Street is a residential block straddling Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, with its longest façade overlooking 3rd Avenue. The upper floors of the beautifully proportioned building feature cubic-shaped setbacks, creating space for terraces for several of the 39 apartments. The ground floor is lined with shops and a small number of garage units.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects opted for brick on the entire façade, which has such broad window piers that the overall effect is of a solid, brick building. The narrow window frames in black-painted aluminium complement the blue-tempered D92, the colours of which shimmer between hues of grey and green to almost black.

According to Carlos Cardoso, architect and partner at Beyer Blinder Belle, the wish behind the choice of brick was to bring the 'old world' aesthetic to complement a modern and sophisticated building design. They wanted a building that after it was constructed, would appear as it had been in existence for many years.