300 Ashland

Brooklyn, NY, US

Occupying the south portion of a triangular lot in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, 300 Ashland/Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, a mixed-use 32-story tower, has a slim footprint that leaves most of the area to a 15,000-square-foot public plaza.

At the building’s base are a series of exterior landscaped terrace levels that can be used for outdoor programming—film screenings, dance performances, farmer’s markets, or simply as hangout space—and create an active, urban and public experience along Flatbush Avenue. Lifting the plaza upward allows retail businesses to line the full perimeter of the base, avoiding an internal mall organization.

The residential tower is articulated as three volumes, a central circulation spine and two flanking volumes, which are all clad in a continuous folding skin of perforated metal that picks up the colors of the surrounding streets, buildings, and sky, thereby putting the focus on the activated streetscape and life of the city. The residential units consist of both market rate and affordable housing.

Cultural tenants, such as the performing arts organization 651 Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoCADA, and the Brooklyn Public Library will bring new cinemas, a film archive, galleries, performing arts spaces, classrooms, production studios and a café to the lower floors, connecting these cultural resources to the elevated plaza, the neighborhood, and the city at large.

Credit: TEN Arquitectos/Enrique Norten with ASA/Andrea Steele