Empire Stores, Brooklyn, United States. Architect: Studio V Architecture with S9 Architecture, 2017.
|:||Courtyard of the Empire Stores leading to retail and restaurants. Empire Stores, Brooklyn, United States. Architect: Studio V Architecture with S9 Architecture, 2017.|
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|:||Empire Stores, Brooklyn, United States. Architect: Studio V Architecture with S9 Architecture, 2017.|
|:||Studio V Architecture with S9 Architecture|
|:||Retail And Office Space|
|:||Overlooking a small cove off the East River in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, a group of four and five-story former warehouses, built in 1869 and 1885, respectively, had been languishing for over half a century, vacant and disused. Now, nearly 150 years since their construction, the Empire Stores, as they were called, are thriving again as an integral part of New York’s Dumbo neighborhood and the waterfront development in Brooklyn Bridge Park. A thoughtful intervention by Studio V and S9 Architecture not only maintains the integrity of the existing structures, designated New York State landmarks in 1978, it knits them into a single entity, transforming the 350,000-square-foot timber and masonry facility, once largely used for warehousing coffee, into a lively blend of commercial and public spaces. By adapting the rooftop into a landscaped public terrace accessible from the courtyard, Brooklyn Bridge Park is extended into the building. This 7,000 sf space augments the park’s recreational facilities with a restaurant and beer garden, and offers iconic views of the bridges and the Manhattan skyline. Retail and restaurants constitute 70,000 sf on the ground floor with 3,000 sf of exhibition space on the 2nd floor.|
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