Prospect Plaza by
Alexander Gorlin Architects

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A mix of housing, ground-floor retail, and open community space animate our design to revive the desolate neighborhood of Ocean Hill in Brooklyn, New York. Lively facades with implied movement complement the nature of physical fitness of the public park. Contrapuntal rhythms of colorful bay windows of metal set within surfaces of brick breaks up the 560-foot street walls. Bays with views to the street incorporate the principles of Defensible Space by allowing residents to “control the areas around their homes,” in the words of Oscar Newman. Conscious of the environment, sunlight shines onto roofs that are clad with solar panels and light reflecting material.

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