The New York Dock building was built in 1910 as one of the first cast-in-place concrete structures. By retaining the aesthetic of the existing board-formed concrete columns, the original details of this structure will be exposed in key locations of the apartments and throughout the building.
The existing cast-in-place concrete structure has been re-furbished and will be exposed in the main living, dining and sleeping areas, with ceiling heights that reach 12ft to 16ft.
The living rooms at Imlay were designed to maximize the open loft feeling, through maintaining the existing concrete ceilings and columns exposed. The interiors were designed to be a contemporary addition into an existing industrial shell.
The flooring was chosen to reflect the industrial characteristics of the past, and is a wide plank european white oak that will contrast with the contemporary kitchens, doors and gallery like walls.
The double glazed windows are made of solid steel and are fabricated in Italy. They have been specifically designed to maximize views, while allowing no obstructions from vertical or horizontal mullions. Two operable panels were created to allow ample airflow.
Spanning up to the existing concrete beams, there are pocket doors 10’-6” in height located between bedrooms and living rooms, at the perimeter of residences adjacent to the windows. As these doors open, they create a much larger loft plan, and when closed they appear to be part of the wall. All other passage doors are solid core and 8’-0” in height.
The kitchens were designed by Bulthaup to be a sculptural element placed within an open loft. All cabinetry is white matte lacquer. All appliances are by Miele and remaining fixtures in the same brushed stainless steel.
The floor is in polished concrete with a linear in-ground warm-white light. The doorman desk is comprised of a wood top sitting atop a concrete base. Similarly, the residents' convenience boxes are installed atop a concrete base. The sofa is a bespoke piece made of a light blue sheepskin-clad seat cantilevered from a blackened steel assembly. We designed the lighting system around a warm-white, naked neon which gently plays off the antiqued brass surfaces to distribute a warm glow. The outdoor canopy aims to identify the building unmistakably... but simply.
“In Red Hook, I recognize a village that is tenacious and robust, full of heart and passion.”
“At 160 Imlay, we have designed spaces of understated elegance, timeless form. This is a wonderful building with the presence and the scale to initiate the revival of Red Hook. It will be a landmark in a community already vibrant with creativity.”
If you would like to learn more about 160 Imlay, we published a magazine called Hidden Places celebrating this special project and the beautiful neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn — Check it out!