For its first New York City building, Daniel Libeskind’s firm Studio Libeskind has chosen an affordable housing project for seniors in Bed-Stuy. Studio Libeskind shared the first renderings for this project with the Architects Newspaper, and they reveal a white, angular building that will stand 10-stories tall.
The building will be built within the 22-acre campus of Sumner Houses in Bed-Stuy, and is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0 agenda to build and preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026.
The Libeskind-designed affordable building will have 197 apartments, and an over 10,000 square foot community facility on the ground floor, that will face Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
The geometric building is similar to other Studio Libeskind designs, and there will be cutouts in the facade at the base of the building to create covered entrances, and on the top to create balconies for some apartments. Plans also call for a private courtyard at the center of the building.
Studio Libeskind is collaborating with a host of non-profits and community groups to develop the building including RiseBoro Community Partnership, Urban Builders Collaborative/Lettire, and Selfhelp Communtiy Services. Construction on the project is set to begin in 2020.