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In Boerum Hill, condo inspired by Japanese design launches sales

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The condo at 561 Pacific Street is designed by ODA New York

Apartments at Five Six One Pacific have large windows and open floorplans.

Nine years after the 149-year-old Church of the Redeemer closed its doors in Boerum Hill, its former home on Fourth Avenue is close to being occupied once again. A condo designed by ODA New York, dubbed Five Six One Pacific, is rising on the site, and sales for the new building have officially launched sales.

The project, developed by Adam America Real Estate, was in the works for some time before that firm came on: The Jackson Group bought the church after it closed in 2010, but its plans to redevelop the site never came through. Adam America stepped in in 2017, two years after the church was demolished; last year, it offered a sneak peek at the condos that will rise there.

The building will rise on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street in Brooklyn.

According to Ryoko Okada, a principal at ODA, the building will take inspiration from the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi—which is about “celebrating what’s naturally incomplete,” according to an interview she gave to the New York Times. Japanese elements will be found throughout the building, including materials that are designed to evoke the look and vibe of teahouses.

“I thought it would be great if residents can use the same thought process, where you can consciously start decompressing from the outside chaos when you get home,” Okada told the Times.

A landscaped courtyard is meant to “add to a sense of tranquility and calm” in the building.
A residents’ lounge is one of the amenities available to residents.

The apartments themselves will use similar materials as the rest of the building—white oak and walnut for warmth, cool marble and Caesarstone to keep things neutral—and have large windows and high ceilings. The 12-story building will have just 63 units, a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedrooms, many of which will come with their own outdoor space.

Access to the outdoors is a hallmark of ODA, and beyond private terraces, the building itself will have a large, double-decker interior courtyard that connects amenities like a fitness center, a lounge, and a kids’ playroom. There’s also a landscaped roof deck with views of Downtown Brooklyn.

A landscaped roof deck looks out over Downtown Brooklyn.

Apartments in the building start at $550,000 for a 400-square-foot studio, and will top out at around $2.375 million for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms and an office. Halstead’s Aguayo Team is handling sales, and residents should be moving in by 2020.