Architect: Marvel Architects

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Category: Multifamily Housing (category three)

Pierhouse performs as an extension of Brooklyn Bridge Park - a verdant backdrop recalling the high, sandy bank of pre-colonial Brooklyn Heights, screening urban noise while facilitating waterfront access. It presents two faces: the west elevation cascades toward the Park, while the east elevation rises steeply from Furman Street. The residential buildings employ a repeating module of distinct duplex houses with terraces on the park and harbor views. Their double-height interior spaces and multilevel plans reinterpret the classic Brooklyn Brownstone in a multi-family structure. All residential units are floor-through with east and west exposures, providing natural ventilation that filters harbor breezes through the building from Park to Street. This porosity continues at grade, where public walkways through the building connect Furman Street and the Park. Its terraced forms break its imposing mass and orients each residential unit to a stunning view of the New York Harbor or the Brooklyn Bridge.

Additional information

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer: Dagher Engineering

Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Acoustical Consultant: AKRF

Envelope Consultant: Gilsanz Murray Steficek

Civil Engineer: Langan

Landscape: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Interior Design for Pierhouse Condo: Marvel Architects

Interior Design for 1Hotel: INC Architecture and Design

Lighting Consultant: Lighting Workshop

Low Voltage Consultant: Deployed Technologies

Food Service: Clevenger Frable La Vallee

Contractor: Hudson Meridian Construction Group


Simon Ha, AIA (Jury Chair), Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, California

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, New York

Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cerrone, AIA, Mary Cerrone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Image credits

Pierhouse & 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge-03

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Green roofs and terraces utilize the same planting palette as Brooklyn Bridge Park, creating a connection between the building and the natural environment.

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The design raised the ground floor of the Pierhouse complex up out of the flood plane while creating a more dynamic streetscape

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