46-09 Eleventh Street
Long Island City, NY
Leonard Fusco AIA
Best in Class - Brick in Architecture Award
46-09 Eleventh is a six-story multi-family apartment building in Long Island City, New York. This 47,800 square feet development has 59 rental units of which 12 are affordable housing. The goal was to construct a high livability, amenity rich, and contextual building that elevates the neighborhood. The building comprises 11 studio, 37 one bedroom, and 11 two bedroom apartments. Tenants enjoy a landscaped courtyard, state-of-the art fitness center, resident parking, bike storage, and roof terrace. 46-09 is in a neighborhood in Queens that was previously home to warehouses and had a more industrial feel. Today this vibrant area has a thriving mixed-residential and artistic community which has inspired the design as well as the brick details of the building.
Decorative elements utilizing brick include brick frames around the windows and pixelated brick patterns. Creative use of brick to appear as random pixels accentuates the entry as well as the corners of the building. This adds to the vibe of the neighborhood and interplays with the numerous galleries in the area. The metal detail near the main entrance draws your eye vertically, breaking down the massing for the 200 foot-long façade. This building achieved its goal of belonging to the neighborhood while using innovative interpretations of brick detailing.