Kent architecture

Construction increases for the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment at 292 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Construction is increasing on the Refinery, a commercial conversion and expansion of the 140-year-old Domino Sugar Refinery located at 292 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) and developed by Two Trees, the $250 million project will convert the former manufacturing plant into a modern office complex while preserving the historic brick facade, arched windows and structural chimney. The refinery will be 235 feet tall and feature a new 27,000 square foot barrel-vaulted glass dome for penthouse office space, as well as completely rebuilt interiors by Dencityworks and Bonetti/Kozerski, new landscaping and outdoor seating. surrounding the ground floor, and reworked Domino Sugar signage above the roofline. The development is the centerpiece of Domino Sugar’s master plan by SHoP Architects and James Corner Field Operations and is located west of Kent Avenue between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets.

At the time of our last update in April 2021, construction had just started on the site and the entire structure was hidden behind scaffolding and construction netting. This set has since been removed, revealing the restored appearance of the red brick facade, as well as the shell of the extension behind it. The reinforced concrete core appears to have peaked and the steel frame surrounding it has risen above the level of the original roof. The construction of the structure of the dome could begin in the coming months.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

A short distance to the north is One South First, COOKFOX’s 45-story, 435-foot-tall residential tower that is currently the tallest structure in the complex. The master plan foresees the construction of two even taller structures in the coming years.

Photo by Michael Young

Below are images from last May and June showing much of the vertical progress that has occurred this year alone.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Among the final stages of the construction process will be the return of yellow Domino Sugar signage, a new retro-style replacement for the logo that once graced the waterfront on an adjacent factory structure. Known as Building 16 during plans for its demolition in 2014, this white rectangular edifice served as a storage and sorting facility for the factory and displayed 40-foot-long signage for ten years after closure of the facility in 2004.

292 Kent Avenue will feature ground floor retail, 12 office levels, a 14th floor event space with double-height ceilings, a catering kitchen and spaces at the back of the house. The rest of Domino Sugar’s masterplan provides for a mix of offices, market-priced and affordable housing, retail and communal facilities.

The master plan of the Domino sugar factory. Designed by SHoP Architects and James Corner Field Operations.

YIMBY expects 292 Kent Avenue to be completed later next year or early 2024 at the latest.

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