2019 Merit Award

General Design

Newswalk Entry Garden

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Landscape Architect:

Terrain NYC Landscape Architecture P.C.

terrain-nyc.net

Project Team:

Civil Design Works

The Todd Group

Vestacast

About the Project:

The Newswallk Condominium is comprised of over 200 apartments converted from what was once a printing press for the Daily News newspaper. The redevelopment of the entry garden aimed to provide a welcoming street presence to the condominium, harmonize the building’s wide mix of materials, and to provide a flexible and enjoyable open space for residents.
The paving surface blends from the dark tonality of the lobby’s slate to the light concrete sidewalk, creating visual movement. Two planted islands emerge from the paving and frame the main entryway, framing a forced perspective to the front door. The sculptural islands, made of custom pre cast concrete, morph fluidly from curbs to benches and are finely crafted to receive comfortable timber seats.

Special Factors:
At the time the landscape architect was commissioned to redesign the entry garden, it was little more than an oversized drop off circle, akin to a cul-de-sac, and inappropriate for the building’s urban context. The entry was poorly lit, overgrown, and uninviting- a place to move through as fast as possible. Stormwater is addressed sustainably via permeable paving, rain gardens, and a below grade cistern which detains water from entering the city storm sewer.