Community groups, preservationists, and the city finally settled the question of what to do with the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and avant-garde theater group St. Ann's Warehouse was granted the space last year. After some preliminary designs by prolific theater architects H3 Hardy Collaboration, it looks like Rogers Marvel Architects is actually the firm on the project. Jonathan Marvel and others from St. Ann's Warehouse presented the design to a Community Board 2 subcommittee last night. That design calls for an 18,000-square-foot enclosed building with "a flexible performance space," plus another 1,000-square-foot multi-use space for local artists and community groups. The lobby will have access to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the plan also includes a "view corridor" looking out at the park and the water.
The other major design feature is a 7,600-square-foot open space designed by Michael Van Valkenberg Associates and "imagined as a walled birch tree grove." That space will be open to the public during park hours and may also double as an entrance to the theater. Here are some preliminary renderings:
· St. Ann's Warehouse coverage [Curbed]