Gotham Point

Client Gotham & Riseboro Community Partnership
Location New York City, NY
Status Completed in 2022

This two-tower project creates a new presence on the city's skyline, and a visual marker for the Hunter's Point South community.

Gotham Point is a new million square foot development on the waterfront of the Hunter's Point South neighborhood in Queens. The two-tower project was developed by Gotham and senior housing developer Riseboro Community Partnership.

The project marks the last major development in the transformation of this waterfront area of Long Island City into a vibrant and sustainable mixed-use community, which to-date has included infrastructure and roadway improvements, a waterfront park, a new school, and thousands of new residences.

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Gotham Point includes over a thousand units, 75% of which are designated affordable.

Residential amenities include a fitness center, a variety of outdoor areas, lounges, and co-working spaces. Nearly 100 units have been set aside specifically for seniors, and the senior units have their own dedicated amenities, including lounge, library, community space, and outdoor patio. A rooftop urban farm is publicly accessible.

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The new towers emerge from Hunter's Point South Park, a new 10-acre park that lines the waterfront.

The buildings have been designed to embrace the park as much as possible, with indoor/outdoor spaces that spill into the landscaping, and an interiors approach based on the plantings found in the park.

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The bigger tower includes separate entrances for the apartments and the senior units, as well as a through-block community facility space.

The smaller tower includes entrances for its own residential units, as well as community spaces for Flux Factory and for kayak-rental.

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The shaping and materiality of both buildings was selected to relate to the variety of buildings that have been built along the Queens waterfront.

The upper base of the taller tower rises to varying heights along all sides, creating a sense of rhythm. Glass reveals break apart the massing. A sharply angled form emphasizes the tower's top and marks the building on the skyline.

In contrast, the smaller tower is more rectilinear, with a series of reveals that cut into the massing and break it apart. The rooftop of the Manhattan-facing side is carved away to create a terrace that will be useable by residents of both towers.

The two parcels are separated by a new school and by 2nd Street, enough distance that each tower needed its own visual identity.

Three varying colors of red brick define the volumes while providing visual coherence. The taller tower is “wrapped” on the northeast and southwest corners by a red brick lattice, expressed with oversized rectangular openings. The upper base of the smaller tower is primarily a mix of red brick, with glass reveals breaking up the massing. The dark brick and white metal panel of the tower defines the building architecturally. The language of the tower also breaks apart the upper base on the south facing elevation, and is carried all the way to the street.

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Gotham Point's interiors were inspired by the adjacent Hunter's Point South Park and the East River beyond.

Awards

2024 First Place, Multi-Family Residential - AIA Queens Finalist - ULI Americas Awards for Excellence 2021 Community Impact Award - New York Housing Conference

Scope

Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Project Team

Gary Handel, Amar Sen, Krista Armstrong, Nathalia Camacho, Yuan-Yu Chen, Carolina Clemente, Boden Davies, Rachael Kalousdian, Joong Kim, Juhyun Kim, Mark Yu-Chen Lien, Jonathan Morefield, Hsin-Yin Tu, Kai Yu Yu, Shengkan Zhang

Photography and Visualizations

Lester Ali VUW