Photography: VISUALHOUSE

In the heart of Brooklyn, nestled between the iconic Manhattan Bridge and picturesque waterfront views, a remarkable transformation took place at 10 Jay Street. This landmarked building, once the Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery, has been brought back to life through a unique collaboration between VISUALHOUSE, developer Triangle Assets, and the innovative minds at ODA architecture firm.

Completed in 2019, 10 Jay Street now stands as a vibrant commercial hub, breathing new life into an industrial relic while paying homage to its rich heritage. At its core, this project was more than just architectural innovation; it beautifully balanced history and modernity.

One of the most striking features of 10 Jay Street is its exterior, a harmonious blend of glass, steel, brick, and spandrels. This design not only adds a contemporary touch to the building but also preserves its industrial character. The result is a structure that exudes gravitas without compromising its historical significance.

The restoration plans for 10 Jay Street also garnered significant recognition from New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, receiving 15 permits that acknowledged the project's alignment with the utilitarian character of the building. This achievement is a testament to the project's bold vision and unwavering commitment to challenging conventional trends in heritage preservation.

As cities around the world grapple with the challenge of revitalizing historic structures, 10 Jay Street serves as a shining example of what's possible. It boldly challenges the way we perceive landmark buildings, seamlessly bridging the gap between old and new, the industrial age and the digital era.

Beyond its exterior, 10 Jay Street boasts 180,000 square feet of open floor plates, each adorned with original detailing that transports you back to the industrial age. The property reflects the meticulous research and dedication that the ODA team put into preserving the site's history, incorporating elements that evoke the sugar crystals and the complex's crack.

The result? A building that tells a compelling story—a broken geode that's smooth on the outside and crystalline within. It's a testament to the heritage of the area, a reflection of the past and a beacon for the future.

In the ever-evolving conversation surrounding heritage and preservation, 10 Jay Street stands as a symbol of innovation, showcasing the power of design and restoration to create a fresh perspective on our shared history. It is more than just a building; it's a mirror reflecting the present while inviting us to look back at our industrial history—a new landmark along the water's edge.

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