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9 Chapel by SO-IL in Downtown Brooklyn

SO-IL designs Brooklyn building wrapped in wavy metal skin

Local architecture studio SO-IL has unveiled renderings for a residential high-rise under construction in downtown Brooklyn that will be wrapped in a perforated metal skin.

The renderings depict a building made of slender, interconnected volumes paired with large picture windows and several outdoor patios, located just outside of the Dumbo neighbourhood.

A residential tower in Brooklyn located next to a chapel
SO-IL has unveiled renderings for a residential tower under construction in Downtown Brooklyn

Called 9 Chapel, it will contain 27 one to four-bedroom residences spanning 14 storeys and will be "clearly visible" from the Brooklyn Bridge.

The exterior will be wrapped in an undulating, perforated metal skin. Developer Tankhouse, which collaborated on the design, said that it wants to push "the design envelope to establish a new architectural landmark for the neighborhood".

Nine Chapel by SO-IL
It is wrapped in a perforated metal skin

The fluted facade will absorb light while also providing privacy throughout various outdoor spaces. Each unit will feature covered or uncovered patios designed for year-round use.

Details like a semi-circle cut-out in a patio ceiling provide additional light, while concrete exterior walls will be included to reflect a wave pattern similar to the metal exterior.

An entrance to a building thats slightly underground with plantings and exposed columns
The building will be 14 storeys high and contain 27 residences

Loggias located on the outermost volumes of the building also provide outdoor space.

Each residence will be a designed like a corner unit with at least two exposed facades, which SO-IL achieved by placing the building's volumes at different angles and keeping each floor no more than two windows wide.

A building made of angled volumes with multiple terraces
Each unit was designed to be a corner unit

"Leveraging the particular characteristics of this site, we introduce an innovative concept: a collection of homes dynamically connected with their surroundings," said SO-IL co-founder Florian Idenburg.

"This presents an exceptional and vibrant approach to 21st-century living in New York."

A terrace with a concrete roof and a semi-circle opening
They feature multiple outdoor spaces

Interior renderings show a bedroom and open-concept living space that opens directly onto the surrounding terraces through large glass doors.

Most units will come equipped with an oversized, custom butcher block kitchen island.

Concrete ceilings and a light wood floor will run throughout the interiors.

The entrance to the building will be buried just a few feet underground, pushed back from the street so that the ground-level volume cantilevers over the small entrance plaza. The plaza will be framed by the resulting exposed structural columns.

A kitchen with a large wooden island overlooking a patio
Kitchens will be equipped with an oversized wooden island

It will have floor-to-ceiling windows and garden boxes with native plant species.

Additional building amenities will include a shared lounge, a "state-of-the-art" fitness studio and bike storage.

A large bedroom with entrances to an outdoor terrace on either side
Exposed concrete architectural elements and wooden floors run throughout the interior

9 Chapel is located in "a nook" of downtown Brooklyn, with views of the neighbouring Cathedral Basilica of St. James and the World Trade Center.

Elsewhere in Brooklyn, the borough's first supertall skyscraper by SHoP architects was recently completed and twin porcelain-clad skyscrapers are under construction along the Domino Sugar Refinery waterfront.

The renderings are by DARCSTUDIO.

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