Friday, March 07, 2008

New Look Prospect Park: PLG Getting Big Glass Tower

PLG Building Small

That is a rendering of a new 20-story building that is planned for Lincoln Road in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens near Ocean Avenue. The building would have 210,000 square feet of space and come from Gilman Architects. Yesterday, we talked with architect Tom Gilman who said it's "a tall building, but in a way that it's pulled back from the street" and said that he designed it with "a lot of glass to give people views of the park." The building would sit at the edge of Prospect Park, not far from the 1876 Olmsted and Vaux Boathouse. It would include 17,000 square feet of roof space that would be a park for residents. The building would also have an LED light system with a lighting scheme that will change hourly. Mr. Gilman said the lights would be "an abstract urban clock." It's unclear if the Prospect Park Alliance had previously seen the plans and whether it approves or disapproves of the building's impact on vistas in the park. The building would also be very visible from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Has anyone told Mr. Gilman that glass is a very good conductor of sound and that the Q and B subway trains are very loud?

Mr. Gilman, maybe you should come by the other two tall buildings in PLG and listen to the "canyon effect" from the trains. I'm not sure I'd go with the "all glass" building at your location...

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

an LED light show? on a facade of glass?? I see a run on black-out shades. This building is terrible.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Brenda from Flatbush said...

Paging all archi-geeks: Somebody whip up a rendering of what this alien vessel is going to do to the view of the treeline from within Prospect Park! And, um, aside from the benighted Ebbets Field project, isn't this thing going to be grossly out-of-scale and fingerlike? It looks like two suburban office buildings stacked clumsily atop one another. However, it was considerate of them to include a "park" on the roof; that will spare the residents the inconvenience of having exit into PLG and walk a block or two to the magnificent, historic REAL park that their monstrosity will overshadow. Maybe they can name their building the 'Stratos'; only Trekkies will get the joke (see "the Cloud Minders").

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Red Hook said...

Duh. It's actually a Transformer. The top part slides off and the LEDs turn into lasers. It turns from a building into a super powered robot named Condocon.

How stupid are you people that you didn't get this? Gilman is a genius.

2:59 PM  

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