DeKalb Townhomes


781-793 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Client: SSJ Realty Development LLC
Size: 41,300 GSF
Cost: $8,500,000
Status: In Progress 2011
Project Sheet: Download


This 50-unit complex is designed to be situated in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.  The character of the surrounding area includes classic brick and stone brownstones.

The complex is actually broken into seven (7) separate buildings, each containing studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments; some feature duplex units.  All buildings are ‘walk-up’ types.  Project objectives included the creation of a high-end rental or home-ownership model that could be re-produced, sold and/or leased affordably given market conditions.

In addition to breaking up the mass and (150’) length of the site, this strategy allows for construction to occur sequentially.  Utilizing a lightweight concrete and block building structure, each of the four-story façades are comprised of metal panel and glass:  a contrasted reference to the scale as well as the traditional and historic elements of the area.  Design studies were done to explore articulation along the façade as well as to explore the use of large window wall on the duplex-mezzanine units.

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