Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Biggest Building in Brooklyn -- So Far -- Proposed for City Tech's Klitgord Auditorium Site

Everybody's been posting this rendering of the new City Tech tower that's been proposed for the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, but it is so stupendous it deserves to be seen again.

As reported in the Brooklyn Eagle, Forest City Ratner’s MaryAnne Gilmartin had announced the project and its designer, Italian architect Renzo Piano, at a meeting of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in 2006, but this is the first visual of the "stunningly tall" building -- estimated to be between 65-70 stories.

The site is that of the existing two-story Klitgord Auditorium on the southeast corner of Tillary and Jay (shown below), which will be demolished. In October, we noticed that the Jersey Boring and Drilling Co. was conducting test borings around the auditorium as part of the subsurface investigation of the site.

Photo of the existing Klitgord Auditorium by MK Metz

The credit chain: The rendering was first posted on the Wired New York Forum on Thanksgiving Weekend and then picked up by the 110 Livingston Blog. From there it went to the Gowanus Lounge and Brownstoner.

UPDATE: The Daily News reports that a Forest City Ratner spokesperson says the design is a year old, and "not a reflection of what we're considering today."

UPDATE: Here are several future iterations of the complex.

- Digging For Gold at City Tech's Klitgord Auditorium

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