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Scarano Architect

35 Underhill Avenue

35 Underhill Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Roberto de los Rios

Completion Date: May 2005

Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

This new residential development is located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. It is one of the first newly constructed buildings in the neighborhood since it was rezoned as a moderate density area, and is therefore one of the largest buildings on the block.

Programatic requirements included forty mid-income apartments, a parking garage, and community use spaces, all contained within 80,000 square feet, with a construction budget of $12 million. In carrying out these requirements, the building's imposing bulk presented a challenge in maintaining an architectural vernacular, while maximizing the permitted floor area.

A modest context prompted the use of materials such as brick on the front facade and split-face concrete block on the rear of the building. These materials age well and preserve the low key residential nature of the neighboring homes.

Exteriors are masking a modern structural system of load-bearing concrete block walls, steel beams and light-gage metal framing. The application of modern details with traditional execution methods allowed the building to bridge between its neighboring brownstones on one side, and the busy commercial strip of Atlantic Avenue on the other.