Event: Official opening of the Pierhouse sales gallery
In the house: The development team from Toll Brothers City Living and Starwood, plus a few brokers and interested parties
Dress code: A lot of too-warm-for-60-degree-weather-in-December looks
Menu: The normal super fancy, super tiny bites, like Peking duck pouch things, butternut squash empanadas, and a lot more that we couldn't keep track of.
Overheard: "I can see you being this guy right here," while pointing to a scalie lounging on a condo terrace in the huge architectural model of Pierhouse.
Toll Brothers' under-construction condo beside Brooklyn Bridge Park may be the most Brooklyn of condos. Not only does Pierhouse incorporate gardens created by the park's designer, 600-year-old reclaimed wood from local warehouses, and the same granite used in the Brooklyn Bridge, but the building also has a yoga room and every unit comes with a composter so residents can make their own organic soil for the urban garden they will no doubt plant on their private terrace. Scoff you may, but the building's appeal is evident; Toll Brothers said that more than 4,500 people signed up for information on the Pierhouse teaser site and most of them hailed from Brooklyn.
In addition to a very cool model of the development (see below), the sales gallery at 41 Clark Street showcases many of the designs included in the 108 units. Marvel Architects designed the building and the interiors. Most of the homes, which range from one- to five-bedrooms, are duplexes, and nearly all of them look out over the park and Manhattan skyline (reps said maybe two units do not). Floors are reclaimed hardwood pine, and kitchens have marble countertops and solid American walnut cabinetry with Gaggenau appliances. Since most units are duplexes, they have double-height living rooms with 18' tall windows. Master baths include soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers, and marble floors and walls, while power rooms are clad in recycled marble made from the bits and pieces of other slabs. Eighty percent of the units have private outdoor space. Pricing has yet to be finalized, but it will range from $1.5 million to $11 million. Toll Brothers expects sales to start within the next few weeks.
In addition to the yoga room, building amenities include multiple gyms, an outdoor terrace, several lounges, on-site underground parking (for rent), bike storage, and 24-hour concierge services, plus access to the amenities in the hotel (hello, rooftop pool). All of the interior spaces are designed like the units, and the front desk will be carved from a block of the Brooklyn Bridge granite. The developers very much wanted the building to fit in with Brooklyn Bridge Park, and they hired park landscape architect Michael Van Valkenberg to design all of the outdoor spaces.
The exterior of the two condo buildings, which sit on either side of the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge, feature a limestone facade on the west, while the east side, facing Furman Street, is clad with anodized aluminum panel. The 200-room hotel, which sits at the northern most end of the site, has a different look, featuring more metal and glass. INC Architecture and Design did the interiors. Starwood is developing the hotel as part of its new 1 Hotel brand, and it will have a 12,000-square-foot event space and farm-to-table restaurant by Seamus Mullen.
Being a waterfront site, Pierhouse sits squarely in Zone A, so after Sandy hit, the designs were updated to incorporate flood protection. The first level of residences sits 11-feet above the required flood level, and all mechanicals were moved out of the basement to higher floors. There's an emergency generator that works for the elevators and unit appliances, and the lowest elevation, the driveway into the garage, has a flood gate.
· Pierhouse [official]
· All Pierhouse coverage [Curbed]
· Hangover Observations archive [Curbed]