At over 80 percent leased before residents can move in, the project highlights one of Meshberg Group’s specialties, contextual design inspired by its neighborhood and surrounding sensibilities.
This adaptive reuse style project showcases a contextual industrial warehouse design, one of Meshberg Group’s specialties, inspired by the neighborhood and its surrounding sensibilities. Meshberg Group transformed the site of 848 Lorimer from what was once a one-story, family-owned tool rental and repair warehouse shop into Williamsburg’s next iconic rental building for Grand Street Development.
With 150ft frontage on McCarren Park, the new 52-unit rental building will offer unobstructed views of the park framed by oversized, divided light windows. The first four floors clad in carefully sourced tumbled brick are a contextual nod to the industrial warehouses of the area. The top two floors are set back and encased in glass, creating a two-story glass box that gives unobstructed views of the park and its treetops, bringing the outdoors in. With floor to ceiling windows, the feeling is of a modern day tree house, while the set back exterior allowed for outdoor terraces and balances the scale of the street. This two-story glass box is designed to invoke the feeling of a modern addition with its sleek curtain wall and is purposefully contrasted against the rustic feel of the tumbled brick façade.
The industrial nod to the history of the neighborhood is seen throughout the building. The grand-two story lobby’s walls are clad in oversized 10-foot porcelain tiles paired with polished concrete floors and a ceiling built from reclaimed wood salvaged from other neighborhood buildings. The tongue and groove wood ceilings and the heavy timber Douglas Fir beams reflect the neighboring industrial structures of area. Back lit laser cut lattice work wood walls were created to bring a visual texture and pattern that celebrates the intersectional diversity of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area. Designed to be the heart of the building, as well as an interactive co-working space for residents, the lobby is sprinkled with well-appointed vintage furniture oriented toward the park. Large classical style chandeliers evoke the warm feel of a great hall. The effect is amplified as the double height space runs from the front exterior two story glass curtain wall to the back of building’s rear garden, further bringing nature inside.
The lobby lounge features blackened steel-framed glass doors in-laid with industrial style opaque wire glass and a custom wood block table of local reclaimed wood and glass. A laser cut wood wall partition and back lit laser cut wood drop ceiling are juxtaposed with a polished concrete floor in-laid with hand-painted porcelain tile.
In the units, exposed concrete ceilings are paired with extra wide white oak wood floors, recessed LED lighting, custom European kitchens with hand painted tile backsplash, matte black hardware and plumbing fixtures, and custom smoked oak vanity and mirrors.
Amenities include a large roof deck spanning the entire building with private cabanas, a BBQ area, and an outdoor shower and trellises. A second floor turfed courtyard provides for a full range of outdoor activities, while a state of the art gym inspires indoor fitness.