• Cadman Plaza Brooklyn Public Library | Marvel Architects Hudson Companies
  • BPL Cadman Plaza Marvel Architects Hudson Companies
  • BPL Marvel Architects Hudson Companies
  • BPL Cadman Plaza Marvel Architects Hudson Companies
  • BPL Cadman Plaza Marvel Architects Hudson Companies

1 Clinton | 280 Cadman Plaza West

Brooklyn, NY

At the intersection of Downtown Brooklyn and the historic Brooklyn Heights brownstones, 1 Clinton straddles New York City’s different scales and users.

A minimalist, highly repetitive, gridded facade clad in limestone gives the building an elegant presence within the varied urban context. The building’s distinct shape comes from its triangular footprint, creating three façades that address different parts of the city: the harbor to the southwest, Manhattan’s Midtown to the north, and the carpet of brownstone Brooklyn to the east.

The ground floor is dominated by The Brooklyn Public Library’s New Cadman Plaza branch, consisting of 21,500 SF of flexible space with a 20 foot ceiling. This institutional program has its own facade fronting on Cadman Plaza, partnering architecturally with the limestone clad federal and state courts and Borough Hall.

The Clinton Street programs in the building include the residential lobby, two small retail spaces, and an entry to a below grade community facility. The four-story volume facing Clinton Street ties the tall tower to brownstone based Brooklyn.

A 63-unit residential condominium rises above, visible for every corner of the neighborhood including the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan.

This project is being developed with The Hudson Companies Incorporated.



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