Ziggurat-inspired waterfront blocks deliver 745 new homes

OMA has finished its first high-rise towers in New York with the completion of the 30- and 40-storey Eagle + West residential development on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront.

The ziggurat-inspired blocks lean both towards and away from each other. The taller tower widens towards the east as it rises, while the shorter one is broadest at its lowest levels.

The towers, at Greenpoint – which is Brooklyn’s northernmost neighbourhood, deliver 745 new homes and have two levels of outdoor terraces.

OMA partner Jason Long said the project, designed for Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group, reflected a “collective ambition” for a new housing offer for the rezoned waterfront site.

“The two towers—complementary siblings—create an ever-shifting presence that engages both the neighbourhood and the waterfront,” he said. “It will be exciting to see how the project grows as people begin to make it their home.”


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Long said the stepped forms of the towers and the articulation of their façades mediated the “inevitable contrast” in scale between the two structures and the existing neighbourhood.

The stepping divides the towers into seven-to-eight-storey blocks that echo the scale of the neighbouring buildings.


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The development is part of the 9ha Greenpoint Landing masterplan and has seen the extension of two local roads through the site to the East River, providing public access to a new plaza and waterfront esplanade at the former industrial area.

OMA said Eagle + West activated a “new hinge point” between Brooklyn and Queens to its north, and offered a “panoramic orientation” to the Manhattan skyline.

Beyer Blinder Belle was executive architect on the project.


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OMA’s Eagle + West development in Brooklyn, seen from across the East River