If you live near Downtown Brooklyn, you’re undoubtedly already acquainted with the sight of Brooklyn Tower. The borough’s first building to measure 93 stories and over 1,000 feet, it looms over everything else and has naturally become a landmark before construction has even completed. Although the building does have a certain Gotham-esque bend, it is in fact rooted in history. Designed by SHoP (in collaboration with JDS Development), the architecture firm behind the Barclays Center, and attached to the landmarked The Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn—a Classic Revival–style building that opened in 1908, the same year the first subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn debuted—the new tower takes cues from the glorious building from which it sprouted.
Beyond the height, the exterior of The Brooklyn Tower (as the building is being called) distinguishes itself from other condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, strips of shiny bronze, and deep black metal and an overall angular design that creates a Neo Art Deco impression. The residential interiors were designed by Gachot Studios to channel the building’s distinct glamour into the finishes. Construction is now complete on select floors, and three designers have furnished their own units, allowing both onlookers and prospective residents to envision what life would look like in the building.
One of those design studios in charge of interior design is Brittney Hart and Justin Capuco’s Husband Wife (Leyden Lewis was the other designer). Hart and Capuco immediately knew they wanted to reflect New York in the space, while also creating a refined sense of playfulness. They succeeded by working almost entirely with local artists and designers, from the photographs (framed in upstate New York) in the bedroom by Jim Bearden to rugs by Inigo Elizalde and custom-plaster work done by Nota Design.