A Landmark Transformation on the Brooklyn Waterfront
Brooklyn’s iconic waterfront has undergone a significant transformation with the long-awaited completion of The Refinery at Domino, a fifteen-story, 460,000 square-foot office space within a historic brick structure. Originally built in 1884, this industrial building has been renovated by Two Trees Management, designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, and activated by venue development firm Skylight. The Refinery is the centerpiece of the 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is set to redefine commercial buildings in New York City.
“This is a momentous occasion as The Refinery at Domino opens during a time when Brooklyn is experiencing a major shift in human capital,” said Jed Walentas, CEO of Two Trees Management. “Our vision for the Domino site has always been to create a vibrant mixed-use community on the Williamsburg waterfront. The Refinery at Domino is the embodiment of this vision, offering top-notch commercial space to accommodate Brooklyn’s dynamic workforce.”
Perched along the East River waterfront, The Refinery at Domino offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Developer Two Trees Management and design architect Practice for Architecture and Urbanism have created modern workspaces filled with natural light and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. The expansive floor plates, ranging up to 33,000 square feet, provide a spacious environment for businesses. Additionally, the building features a 27,000 square-foot glass dome penthouse with panoramic views, which can be used for communal workspaces, private clubs, and events. The lobby sets a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a triple-height atrium, full-service concierge, and security.
Apart from office spaces, The Refinery at Domino also includes 60,000 square feet of retail space, including a fitness club with an indoor pool and gym. The building caters to the eco-conscious with a dedicated bicycle lobby that has a separate entrance and secure bike parking. A variety of food and beverage shops at ground level connects seamlessly with Domino Park, while a one-acre outdoor events venue completes the surrounding six-acre park.
Skylight, known for its cultural programming, has transformed The Refinery’s penthouse space into Brooklyn’s newest event venue. It made its debut during New York Fashion Week with the Hermès Menswear Runway Show, showcasing its potential as a sought-after cultural and event space.
The Refinery at Domino is a testament to the fusion of modernity and Brooklyn’s history. Designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, the project successfully combines the charm of the landmarked building with new construction elements. The innovative architectural design includes a 12-foot gap between the new glass building and the existing brick façade, creating standardized floor heights and flooding the interior with natural light. The exterior is adorned with a large-scale green ecosystem, featuring towering trees and lush plantings, designed by landscape architecture firm Field Operations. The interiors were designed by Bonetti/Kozerski, with executive architect dencityworks.
The completion of The Refinery at Domino marks a historic milestone for the Brooklyn waterfront. With its world-class workspaces, amenities, and commitment to preserving history and embracing sustainability, it sets a new standard for commercial buildings in New York City.
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