The interconnected towers of One South First and Ten Grand are located at the northern end of the five-building Domino Sugar development on the Williamsburg waterfront. The designers were attracted to the site’s intended mixed-use, live/work program, the outcome of which was an interlocking configuration of bifurcated volumes. Both towers (hereafter designated as One South First) are raised at the base by a three-story podium which provides outdoor space to tenants in both towers. Each volume is oriented so that it is sensitive to the adjacent street grid context. Ten Grand contains high-performance, biophilic workplace environments and One South First contains residential units. Inspired by the building’s proximity to a former sugar processing plant, we conceived of a façade system that would reproduce the crystalline structure of sugar. Avoiding obvious references to the site’s industrial past, white precast concrete panels were arranged in a modular fashion that evokes the visual rhythm of modernist repetition. The façade system generates an interplay of light and shadow which animates its rigorous forms, delicately capturing the sun’s movement. Both towers share this visual language. Retail amenities, located within the podium, exhibit a unique street-wall expression intended to activate public and pedestrian uses.


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