Sou Fujimoto in Brooklyn

John Hill
26. September 2019
Image courtesy of The Collective and Artefactorylab

London's The Collective has unveiled renderings for a co-living project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which would become Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto's first building in the United States.

A quick glance at the exterior renderings reveal a very un-Fujimoto design of red brick, which a press release from The Collective states would be another first for the architect, whose normally all-white buildings are usually limited to glass and metal. Selecting the material "as an homage to its ties to the historic neighborhood," the 240,000-square-foot building at 1215 Fulton Street (formerly the site of the historic Slave Theater) would nevertheless tower over its neighbors.

The courtyard (Image courtesy of The Collective and Artefactorylab)

The project includes a courtyard accessible to the public, not just members of The Collective, where more brick is on display. A single rendering of the interior though sees Fujimoto working in his all-white comfort zone. The building will house 440 members in units that range from studio apartments to 2-3 bedroom clusters; members can stay for one year, month-to-month, or even nightly. Amenities totaling 30,000 square feet include public spaces for exhibitions, theatre, and performance, a co-working space on the ground floor, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, and a members-only gym and terrace. 

The all-white interiors (Image courtesy of The Collective and Artefactorylab)

Completion is set for 2022, when The Collective's NYC flagship in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will also open. The two locations follow The Collective Paper Factory, the renovation of a hotel in Long Island City, Queens, that is set to open next month as the UK company's first co-living space in New York City.

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