One
John
RFP Submission
Proposed 12-story building in Brooklyn Bridge Park with 53 market-rate residential units, 2 retail units and 10 parking spaces totaling approximately 111,500 gross square feet.
Architect
Snohetta Architects
The One John proposal was a unique opportunity to add another jewel into the necklace of developments along the East River, while contributing critical resources to sustain the 85-acre Park.
The One John proposal was a unique opportunity to add another jewel into the necklace of developments along the East River, while contributing critical resources to sustain the 85-acre Park.
The memory of the former slip and wharves of the waterfront, as well as the atmospheric elements of the river, inspired the design for One John.
OVERVIEW

The transformation of Brooklyn’s post-industrial East River waterfront into the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, the most substantial new green space in New York since Prospect Park, is a testament to the impact that careful design of the interface between public space and private development can have on both quality of life and land values.

The residential program catered to families, with almost half of the units containing three or four bedrooms – targeting the market most prevalent in the surrounding converted buildings, but with the advantage of the efficient layouts possible within new construction. This residential program capitalizes on the existing benefits of the neighborhood: excellent transportation, with subways, byways and ferries easily accessible; highly-regarded public schools, including PS 8; a sense of community fostered by the adjacent businesses and families; and, most significantly, the site’s location literally within the Park and on the water’s edge.

The memory of the former slip and wharves of the waterfront, as well as the atmospheric elements of the river, inspired the design for One John.
Wood accents the building’s base, evoking the waterfront’s timbered piers, while the asymmetrical glass façade of the residential floors dissipates like the morning mist.
The form is a weightless moment among the adjacent historic district’s masonry architecture.
Literally within the Park and on the water’s edge, the site presented challenges for sustainability as well as opportunities to add value through design and planning.
The sight lines of water, bridges and the Manhattan skyline are a treasure for all New Yorkers, and an incomparable asset for a residential development.
By lifting the residential tower 25’ into the air, the design preserved unobstructed views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges for those along the waterfront, while enhancing the views from residences.
A new platform, set 5’ above the surrounding grade, creates an extension of the Park, rather than a wall at its perimeter.
Flood protection from the nearby water’s edge is celebrated rather than hidden, by raising the podium to create a meaningful restaurant or entertainment space overlooking the Park.
Toward John and Pearl Streets, the raised podium creates street level retail at a scale similar to neighboring streets.