Touring Eagle + West
8. December 2022
Photo: Jason O'Rear (All images courtesy of OMA New York)
World-Architects got a tour of Eagle + West, the just-completed residential development on the waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, designed by OMA New York under partner Jason Long. The 745-unit residential project is most striking for the shifted and angled massing of its two towers — and the space in between them.
The best way to perceive the 30- and 40- story towers of Eagle + West — so named for the street intersection where the project is located — is to take the East River ferry, as I did to get to the project for the tour earlier this week. In the short one-stop ride from East 34th Street in Manhattan to Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, one sees the jigsaw-like towers generously spaced apart, as in the photo immediately below, then merging into one, then pulling apart once again.
The shifting perception of the space between the towers is reminiscent of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, which were formally platonic and unbudging but looked different dependent on one's vantage point. Eagle + West, on the other hand, is enlivened by stepped and angled terraces and cantilevers that, as I learned about on the tour with Jason Long and others on the design and development team, allowed for greater separation between the towers and optimized views of Manhattan up and down the East River.
In addition to Long and others on the OMA team, on hand during the tour were team leaders from Marmol Radziner (building landscapes and amenities interiors), Beyer Blinder Belle (executive architect and unit interiors) and Brookfield Properties (developer). Below is a visual tour of Eagle + West with captions reflecting the information gleaned and impressions gained from my first-person visit. Also be sure to visit the OMA profile for more information on the project.