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©LEESER Architecture FEATURE A STUDY IN CONTRASTS A state-of-the-art coworking space offers a homey yet edgy vibe to create a memorable adaptive reuse project in Gowanus BY LISA DELGADO L ocal clients often have a nostalgic fondness for old brick buildings with a traditional "Brooklyn character," remarks Thomas Leeser, RA, principal of an eponymous DUMBO-based architecture firm. Why can't "Brooklyn character" encompass cutting-edge designs, too? In a recent Gowanus adaptive reuse project, the firm boldly mixed old and new, creating a provocative study in contrasts. The project at 68 3rd Street transformed a 47,000-square-foot space 30 Oculus Fall 2016 in a former tile factory - a simple but charming early 20th-century structure of brick walls and wood beams and columns - into a "coworking" office space to be shared by a variety of small businesses and freelancers. The client, named Coworkrs, rents out workspace to a diverse group of customers. When LEESER Architecture started the project in October 2014, Coworkrs didn't have a specific design concept in mind, but it wanted a traditional Brook- lyn character, Leeser recalls. It would have been easy to adhere to the building's existing aesthetic and go for a tried-andtrue industrial chic. But if the architects had stayed purely "in this kind of historic style, the space would've been really cozy and comfortable, but not very memorable," he says. Leeser also considered that fact that Coworkrs' customers tend to be young and adventurous, including many workers in start-ups. "They're kind of hipsters, Authenticity + Innovation: Architecture Repurposed

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2016

First Words Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Authenticity and Innovation
Civic Purpose Repurposed: Brooklyn
Civic Purpose Repurposed: Bronx
A Study in Contrasts
WeLive on Wall Street
A Preservation Paradox
Industrial Strength
Innovation Rooted in History
In Print
97-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - First Words Letter from the President
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - Opener: Authenticity and Innovation
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - A Study in Contrasts
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - WeLive on Wall Street
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - In Print
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