Sou Fujimoto to Build First New York Project
Architects & Firms
The Collective, a London-based developer of co-living projects, has unveiled the design for a 10-story, 240,000-square-foot residential building by Sou Fujimoto. It will be the Japanese architect’s first built work in New York.
Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, the building will accommodate 440 units across a variety of types, ranging from studio apartments to 2-3 bedroom clusters, for year-long, month-to-month, and nightly stays, alongside robust common spaces that will host an array of cultural and community programming, accessible to residents and the public.
Fujimoto’s design for 1215 Fulton Street takes inspiration from local building typologies. Working with red brick for the first time, the architect incorporates the material onto the building’s exterior as an homage to the historic neighborhood. The brick surface is punctuated by a series of dramatic, glass-enclosed areas designed to fill the interiors with light, while revealing glimpses of shared space and cultural programs within. “Designing for New York presents such a significant moment for our practice,” says Fujimoto.
“Sou Fujimoto is a true visionary who has really rethought the potential of residential architecture through both public and private projects,” says Reza Merchant, The Collective’s founder and CEO. “As a company, we’re forging a new, value-driven approach to urban living, which brings people in connection with place, and Sou is known for his innovative and unique sensitivity to each project’s surroundings.” 1215 Fulton Street represents the company’s third acquisition in New York. It will also build in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District and in Chicago’s Loop. In October, The Collective will open the largest co-living building in the world in London’s Canary Wharf, housing 705 units.
1215 Fulton Street is slated to open in 2022.