New era: ODA’s plans for Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery transformation

Brooklyn neighbourhood Bushwick’s former Rheingold Brewery has been ripe for redesign since the well known beer company shut up shop in 1976
New York architecture firm ODA, headed by Eran Chen, has launched its design for the redevelopment of a significant part of the former site of the Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick, Brooklyn
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Brooklyn neighbourhood Bushwick’s former Rheingold Brewery has been ripe for redesign since the well known beer company shut up shop in 1976. With the original complex since demolished, New York firm ODA Architecture has just revealed its proposal for the complete transformation of a significant part of the site – some of it is already home to new housing – as a vibrant new urban complex, Bushwick II.

Spearheaded by All Year Management, the large-scale project will be significant, both in scale and scope. Injecting 1,000,000 sq ft of housing (20 per cent of which will be affordable), leisure, fitness, retail and art into the neighbourhood, the scheme promises to also boost the area’s green space with a combination of outdoor areas to sit and rest, and a striking 17,850 sq ft park.

The buildings will be arranged within a grid system, which has been tweaked and adjusted where needed in order to ‘encourage both leisure and discovery’, explain the architects. A sense of openness will be achieved through links and ‘corridors’ between the internal courtyards of buildings and the surrounding streetscape.

‘Rheingold Brewery’s site presents an extraordinary opportunity to redefine some very fundamental aspects of what we’ve come to accept in urban living,’ says ODA founder and executive director Eran Chen. ‘The project – 1,000,000 sq ft spread over two full city blocks – is truly a city within a city… a culture in and of itself, and a project that we hope will continue to challenge all the expected sacrifices of urban life.'

The project has already broken ground, and full completion is expected in about 18 months' time. ODA is also involved in one more site on the former brewery, a 380,000 sq ft mixed-use complex adjacent to this one, making the firm a key player in the area's redevelopment.

The buildings will be arranged within a grid system

Developed by All Year Management, the large scale project is set to include housing, leisure, fitness, retail and art facilities

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Exterior view of the building

The development will feature a striking 1,000,000 sq ft of residential space, 20 per cent of which will be affordable housing 

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Bushwick Pocket Park green space

At the same time, the scheme aims to boost the area’s green space, with a 17,850 sq ft park and several courtyards and resting areas

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Bushwick Public Park

The project has already broken ground, and full completion is expected in about 18 months' time

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INFORMATION

For more information, visit the ODA website (opens in new tab)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).