The Dominio Sugar Refinery is a historic landmark in Brooklyn, New York city. At one point in 1882 it was the largest sugar refinery in the world. In 2004, it stopped its operations and the buildings have now been given landmark status.
Recently, SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations have tried to come up with an contemporary design for the space while still preserving aspects of the former sugar factory.
The new waterfront design consists of five towers with 60% more open space compared to a previous design. One of the buildings has become known as the ‘Donut Building’ due to its shape as it has a “hole” running through the middle. At the base of this hole is an outdoor grassy area.
SHoP commented that they didn’t want the “project to have a back.” Instead of tall sun-blocking building, the design agency opted for something that is more open and less blocky with slender, porous buildings.
See more photos of the planned design in the gallery below.