35 Commercial Street, Greenpoint Landing

Client Park Tower Group
Location New York City, New York
Status Completed in 2023

35 Commercial was designed to relate to the industrial history of Greenpoint, to feel contextual through the use of brick and metal.

35 Commercial Street is the fourth 100% affordable residential building to be built at Greenpoint Landing, a 22-acre waterfront site in Brooklyn that has transformed this formerly industrial area into a new thriving neighborhood. The master plan re-established the neighborhood’s waterfront connection through the creation of new streets and new waterfront parks, all designed to integrate into Greenpoint’s already thriving, diverse community.

35 Commercial Street contains 374 residences, all of which are designated affordable. Also included is bicycle parking, a fitness room, children’s play area, storage room, and retail.

The design creates a series of interlocking brick volumes, each defined by distinct window expressions and brick detailing. These volumes are separated from one another by recessed ribbons of glass that run both vertically and horizontally, breaking down the mass into different geometric shapes, and punched through with windows in two distinct arrangements to further distinguish the volumes.

Residents enter through a dramatic arched entryway - the brick threshold – off of Commercial Street, where vaulted ceilings and brick walls & floor lead to a private landscaped courtyard. The glassy lobby entrance is here, and the lobby space continues the brick paving pattern into the building’s public areas. Brick detailing throughout provides a sense of sophistication and quality – and reinforces the concept that affordable housing can be beautiful while contributing to the fabric of the neighborhood. Acme Quorum Brick was selected to relate to the industrial tradition of the neighborhood, as well as to the brick of the recent newer developments nearby.

35 Commercial Street furthers the overarching concept of new development at Greenpoint Landing, that well-designed and contextual architecture can contribute to the fabric of a neighborhood, create a strong sense of place, and create a better city.

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We designed three other 100% affordable buildings at Greenpoint Landing, including 7 Bell Slip.


Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Project Team

Gary Handel, Antonio Donofrio, Ihnil Kim, Jingjing Zhao, Erica Barrows, Juhee Chung, Soo Lim


Lester Ali Albert Vecerka/Esto