Courtesy of a newish developer?Toll Brothers chairman Robert Toll's hipster son Jake?the conversion of a 1930s-era steel factory into rentals is the most up-to-date plan we know about, following a string of failures and delays at this long-stalled N 4th Street site. But goshdarnit, the interiors we've seen for SteelWorks Lofts (spotted first by eagle-eyed Brownstoner) look supremely pretty and well-designed, while the amenities?a rooftop with a garden, kitchen, and film screenings, anyone??seem above and beyond the norm for a luxury building. We still don't know when it'll open, or even the number of units since the building switched from condo to rental in 2010, but that's not gonna stop us from ogling these nice renderings.
Design firm AvroKO, behind trendy restaurants like Public, Stanton Social, and Quality Meats, is still doing the apartments, preserving some of the original structural elements like oversized windows while making abundant use of naturally finished wood and old-school refrigerators with those awesome horizontal latch-handles. According to its website, there are other subtle thoughtfully-industrial-yet-minimalist touches like fixtures made from steel salvaged onsite. We've only seen photos of kitchens and bathrooms, though, as well as the building's communal rooftop space?hey, AvroKO, please show us some bedrooms.
Meanwhile, architect Gene Kaufman is all over the exterior, which 'Stoner describes as retaining its old brick with the addition of a panel made of glass and metal. That does make us a little nervous, given Kaufman's history of, shall we say, not-so-nice-looking facades. More renderings, please. And a launch date would be nice. Kthanx!
· The SteelWorks Lofts [AvroKO]
· Steelworks Lofts Interior and Exterior Revealed ['Stoner]
· SteelWorks Lofts coverage [Curbed]