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Faulty tower! Critics don’t like the look of this modern hotel

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Sleeping in South Williamsburg never looked this good.

A Miami-based architectural firm, Oppenheim Architecture+Design, has been showing off its dream renderings for a striking 440-foot hotel tower on Broadway adjacent to the landmarked Williamsburgh Savings Bank that would make it one of the most distinctive buildings in Brooklyn.

The renderings, the result of an international design competition, show a sleek 40-story skyscraper consisting of three 16-foot-wide slabs that resembles a modern take on the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower in Fort Greene that would not look out of place in the Emerald City of “Wizard of Oz” fame.

The tallest segment of the glass-walled structure would be as high as the highest point of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Guests would get cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline and all three East River bridges — though it’s not likely that residents will permit it.

“Clearly, it would overwhelm the bank and block the view of the bank from the approach of the bridge, said Community Board 1 Land Use Chairwoman Heather Roslund, who is also an architect. “As a long-time resident, seeing the dome of the bank is part of the symbolic urban fabric that is Williamsburg.”

The property’s owner, Juan Figueroa, said he hopes to build a hotel in the lot next to the historic bank building, which he is currently restoring into a banquet hall, but he doesn’t have the funds to move forward on any plan, let alone his architect’s dream project.

“Our architect did a design on spec — we don’t have that kind of money,” said Figueroa. “I don’t know why he put it out there. He’s crazy to put it out there like that.”

Figueroa believes it is unlikely that the design will ultimately be used, but its height is not unthinkable.

The property is zoned for commercial use and does not have the same height and affordable housing restrictions that limit the neighborhood’s tallest structures along the edge of the East River.

Figueroa could build as high as 400 feet, according to community board sources, though it is unclear if the resulting structure would be practical.

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ChrisC from Sunset Park says:
Looks like the developer got hoodwinked by the architect! This is what you get when you hire designers on spec - they can turn around and do whatever they want afterwards.

Now the architect gets visibility even though they've scuttled their chances of being hired to design what ultimately gets built, and the owner is left with a big black stain on his reputation in the neighborhood.

Yay Architecture.
Nov. 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Really?, because I see this as much more sinister: as a feeler, to gauge responses. If people don't speak up now, irrespective of the article doubling as a sedative, who wants to gamble that not only will this height find construction, but higher and worse.
Nov. 7, 2011, 6:43 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
this would be pretty good for Peter Lugers across the street.
Nov. 7, 2011, 8:19 pm
Nuts from the Can says:
In Winter that som——'ll cast a shadow all the way up to the Turkeys Nest
Nov. 8, 2011, 9:07 am
Nuts from the Can says:
Somb*tch'll
Nov. 8, 2011, 9:08 am
S from Clinton Hill says:
A tall building???? In New York??????????? OH GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT AAAAAAAAA
Nov. 9, 2011, 10:45 am
TeoNYC from Williamsburg says:
I live down the street, and while I'm not sure I'd like the trafic, and personally think its a bit out of whack there, it beats the urban blight that the empty lots now have as well as the absolutely ugly, cheaply built, Easter-bloc-institution looking, "community" housing that pops up in South Williamsburg. I also think Roslund's quote is bullsh-t. That's like saying the stench of the Gawanus canal is part of the experiential fabric of of exiting the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Nov. 11, 2011, 6:42 pm

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