The Dime South Williamsburg Building, Brooklyn Architecture Photos, New York City
The Dime in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Apr 30, 2021
The Dime: Architecture & Interior Design By Fogarty Finger
Design: Fogarty Finger
Brooklyn, NY – Located in South Williamsburg, just off of the Williamsburg Bridge when one crosses from Manhattan, The Dime is a new, 23-story terracotta and glass building architecturally linked to the landmarked 1908 Dime Savings Bank and designed by Fogarty Finger.
Photos by Alexander Severin
With its cohesive design language across its architecture and interiors of its multi-use areas—encompassing offices, retail and rental apartments—the building is an exciting debut, elevating the standards for buildings of similar use in the city. The 345,000 square foot mixed-use building encompasses 177 residential units, 105,000 square feet of office space, as well as 50,000 square feet of retail space.
The façade is composed of terracotta panels that reference the historic bank structure’s regal columns alongside glass with black mullions. The building’s rounded corners, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and striking height distinguish it from the surrounding neighborhood and present unobstructed views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The structure’s curved corners provide a visual link connecting the different facades of the building, as well as providing aesthetic interest. The lower floors pinwheel off the central tower, each connecting to the four streets of the block. Bordering South 5th Street, the residential lobby and commercial lobby sit next to each other. The residential entrance is surrounded by terracotta panels with bronze highlights and juts out to the street-line. The commercial entrance, which is pulled back, features black steel and metal with a revolving door. Overhead, an elongated canopy connects the two entrances.
Inside the commercial lobby, a concrete wall is outfitted with a stained-glass and metal work by the artist Tom Fruin that has its starting point in found detritus of New York City. Fruin is well known for his stained-glass works throughout the borough including his iconic stained-glass New York water towers.
Opposite this wall is a dark scalloped wood wall that leads you to the elevator lobby; that wood is repeated at the reception desk. Similar to the new building’s façade, the scalloping references the columns of the historic bank structure in form and texture. The air-conditioning units and sprinklers are hidden in grills along the side wall, allowing the ceiling to have a clean, uncomplicated look. Underfoot is a polished concrete floor. The offices, which are housed on floors two through five, each feature massive outdoor terraces.
The residential lobby honors the exterior through its extension of the terracotta curvature seen in its scalloped walls which feature carved-out bookshelves. Minimalist, elegant furnishings, soft lighting, and a work by the artist Swoon—who also completed a mural on the building’s façade—combine to create a welcoming, fresh, and warm environment. The mail room on the first floor features a playful nod to the original bank with its coin crest pattern wall covering.
The building’s fifth floor houses an array of amenities, including an expansive terrace, a community garden, yoga studio, fitness center, two lounge areas, and a half basketball court featuring a graphic guilloche-patterned wall covering that borrows from currency—another bank reference. The south lounge is a co-working space and looks out onto lush gardens framing a great lawn, while the north lounge employs a bar concept.
Another amenity space is on the 22nd floor, the penthouse level, where a vintage-style speakeasy lounge looks out over the city. The interiors take inspiration from the iconic Havemeyer family, who collected art and enriched the architectural and cultural life of Brooklyn and beyond. The palette of the lounge—in rich and dark tones—pulls from the family’s artwork collection now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Custom millwork lines the walls, while warm library lighting and artworks accentuate the space, which directly connects to an outdoor terrace.
Apartments are comprised of studio through three-bedroom units, crowned by two striking penthouses. Penthouses and select residences feature expansive private terraces. Curved, picture-height windows afford incredible views of the surrounding city and fill the apartments with light.
The Dime in South Williamsburg, NY – Building Information
Fogarty Finger Scope: Architecture and Interior Design
Fogarty Finger Leads: Chris Fogarty, Robert Finger
Fogarty Finger Team: Harshad Pillai, Jacob Sandmann, Bhumika Desai, Julie Molloy, Alejandra Rojas,
Ayaka Hales, Iman Johnson (Architecture); Candace Rimes (Interiors)
Owner: Charney Companies & Tavros Holdings
Website: www.thedime.comSocial media handles: @thedimebk; @fogartyfinger
Photographs: Alexander Severin
About Fogarty Finger
Fogarty Finger is an interdisciplinary design studio of over 100 architects and designers dedicated to placemaking within the urban built environment. The forward-thinking New York City-based design firm is responsible for many prominent residential and commercial projects throughout the US in locations including New York City, Boston and Atlanta.
Each project designed by the studio is informed by strong contextual references distinguished by a layered sense of materiality and refinement. The practice’s most recent landmark projects include the redevelopment of the former Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg – The Dime, 141 Willoughby in Downtown Brooklyn, and Dock 72 at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Founded in 2003, the firm is led by Chris Fogarty (AIA) and Robert Finger (AIA) who are industry leaders in full-service commercial architecture and interior design. For more information, visit www.fogartyfinger.co
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