Brooklyn apartment tower by Enrique Norten nears completion

Construction of a metal-clad residential tower in Brooklyn by Mexican architect Enrique Norten is almost finished, with tenants slated to move in by the end of this summer.

Called 300 Ashland, the apartment building is situated in Fort Greene, a vibrant district that is home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music performing arts venue. It was designed by Enrique Norten, founder of TEN Arquitectos, which has offices in New York and Mexico City.

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Renderings show a silvery building that appears as a thin, wide bar with a large setback and a perforated facade. The tower is being constructed on a triangular piece of land.

The 32-storey building emerges from a sculptural podium containing cultural and retail space, with one side resembling a ship's bow.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

"The tower and building base are unified by a continuous folding skin of perforated metal, which will pick up the colours of the surrounding streets, buildings and sky, and thereby putting the focus where it should be – on the activated streetscape and life of the city," the firm states on its website.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

Also at ground level is a large plaza – designed by local landscape architect Grain Collective — that steps upward. Beyond serving as a place to relax, the plaza is intended to be used for performances, film screenings and farmers' markets.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

"The building base is a series of exterior, terraced levels that create an active, urban and public experience along Flatbush Avenue," the firm said.

"With several public entrances, the porous building aims to facilitate an easy flow of people into and out of the cultural and retail spaces."

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

The building will contain 379 rental apartments, with a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Prices range from $2,800 to $5,750 (£2,120 to £4,360).

The developer has completed model units within the tower and began leasing apartments this week.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

Per city requirements, 76 of the units are designated affordable and will rent for below-market value.

Units will be fitted with white oak floors, energy-efficient appliances and stone and steel countertops. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-walled balconies offer expansive views of the urban landscape.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten
The developer has completed a variety of model apartments within the tower

Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a fitness centre and a roof terrace designed by James Corner Field Operations, one of the studios behind the famed High Line park in Manhattan.

The terrace, located on the 29th floor, features verdant planters, small lawns and a trellis structure.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

The ground-level will house 43,000 square feet of retail space (3,990 square metres), along with 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) for dance studios, a library, an art museum and a cinema.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

The building is located just south of the Williamsburg Savings Bank, an iconic Brooklyn tower dating to 1929. It also is near the Barclays Center, a sports arena by SHoP Architects, and the Pratt Institute, a leading art and design school.

The project is backed by Two Trees Management, a developer known for playing a key role in redeveloping Brooklyn's Dumbo neighbourhood.

300 Ashland by Enrique Norten

Other Brooklyn projects now underway include a skinny, supertall tower by SHoP in the downtown district, a waterfront office development in Red Hook by Foster + Partners and a fire station with bright red details by Studio Gang.

TEN Arquitectos is best known for its projects in Mexico, which include a new art and design university campus, an undulating public square and a boomerang-shaped museum.