"Office building" is too prosaic a description for the Domino Refinery, a 15-story, 460,000-square-foot masterpiece.
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism envisioned the space as a glass box within the building's old structure.
Glass is installed on the exterior walls, with a jungle of trees and plants from the design company Field Operations. Behind the glass are 548 church-like windows, offering views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the East River, and the trains winding over the Williamsburg Bridge.Glass is installed on the exterior walls, with a jungle of trees and plants by the design company Field Operations. Behind the glass are 548 church-like windows, offering views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the East River, and the trains winding across the Williamsburg Bridge.
Porcelain twins of 168 and 137 meters
A glass-domed penthouse called the Skylight sits atop the remodeled structure and offers a gathering space for future tenants. A replica of the original Domino Sugar sign affixed to the exterior wall stands as a reminder of the past. There are also two porcelain "twins", a project by the American studio Selldorf Architects, who collaborated with Two Trees Management and Executive Architects.
The buildings are anchored at the southernmost point of the public park directly next to Domino Square. The towers reach heights of 168 and 137 meters and consist of 65,000 square meters of living space, including common indoor and outdoor facilities such as terraces, lounges, fitness, wellness center, and pools. Rising above a common seven-story podium with ground-floor retail space, the skyscrapers are clad in iridescent, pearlescent porcelain tiles that will reflect the sky, creating an ever-changing animated effect on the facade.