KSQ Architects' design for 360 Smith Street/ 132 Second Street
All spring long, construction at the controversial building at 360 Smith Street, at the corner of Second Avenue, progressed steadily. By the middle of June, the new building had reached 70 feet (plus bulkhead) and was towering over the neighboring brownstones on Second Place. In the last three weeks, crews have been applying a dark brick façade to the building and most of the windows have been installed.
The design by Armand Quadrini of KSQ Architects seems to adhere closely to what was presented to the community back in February 2008. During that presentation, many local residents expressed their objection to the height and design of "Oliver House" and urged developer Bill Stein to, in particular, rethink the 70 foot glass tower at the corner of Smith Street, right above the former F train subway station. It was felt that it made the building look too industrial. However, it is unlikely that any changes were make to make the building more contextual with the neighborhood.
I suppose it could have been way worse. Originally the developer had retained the services of Brooklyn's 'Bad Boy Of Architecture', Robert Scarano. Below was his vision for that corner of Carroll Gardens. Mercifully, developer Stein and Scarano parted ways before construction started.
(picture credit: Scarano Architects)
Original design for 360 Smith Street By Scarano Architects
abandoned when the architect and developer parted ways in 2008.
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