Ridgewood Apartment Building

Ridgewood Apartment Building


Ridgewood, Queens is a quiet working class neighborhood located just across the borough line from the tattered but trendy Bushwick, Brooklyn. So as development pressures overtake Bushwick, new development, primarily aimed at young urban pioneers, spreads to Ridgewood.  This new 14,000 sf building is tailored to suit that market, recognizing that most tenants prefer sharing larger units. The design’s 80 one- and two-bedroom units that are designed to be shared: even if the living room is taken over for an extra sleeping space, a sitting area centered on the kitchenette provides a secondary collective space.  The exterior uses industrial materials to create an inexpensive, energy-efficient envelope, with corrugated steel siding and aluminum window wall shaded by aluminum “subway” grating brise soleils.  Interior materials are similarly spartan: exposed structural concrete block and concrete floors give the units a loft-like raw feel.