CLIENT: Boston Properties. Rudin Development. SCOPE OF WORK: Architecture. SIZE: 675 000 SF. LOCATION: 67 Flushing Ave. Brooklyn, NY. STATUS: Under construction.

TEAM: Design Architect: S9 Architecture. Managing Architect: Perkins Eastman. Structural Engineer: Arup. MEP / FP: Cosentini. Civil Engineer: Langan. Landscape Design: MPFP.

AWARDS: Excellence in Design Award. New York City Public Design Commission. 2016. NYC X Design On the Boards Award. 2016.

Dock 72 is a 16-story, 650,000 sf mixed-use office building designed in response to the way people work today, and sited in the heart of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre former shipyard and industrial park, reimagined as an anchor of Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle. A locus of creativity, entrepreneurship, and modern industry in New York, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to over 300 local businesses generating more than $2B of revenue annually. More than a vanguard office building, Dock 72 is an inspiring workplace environment and incubator at the center of the emerging industries that are defining New York’s future.

Developed in conjunction with co-working pioneers WeWork, as well as Boston Properties and Rudin Development, Dock 72 adds 450,000 sf of modern commercial and light industrial space to the Navy Yard’s existing mix of creative and manufacturing enterprises, and will be the largest New York City commercial building built outside of Manhattan in decades. The building contains four unique but interrelated programmatic zones. Floors 9 through 13 will house WeWork’s New York headquarters and four floors of shared office space totaling 102,000 sf, as well as WeWork’s 5th floor 30,000 sf cafeteria and test kitchen, with an urban farm, pool and fitness center for this flagship tenant located on the roof. Floors 6 through 8 feature 99,000 sf of tech-equipped event, education, and community space intended for training, retreats, local organizations, and schools. Light industrial space on floors 2 through 4 provides 116,000 sf of workshops and production facilities for local makers and manufacturers. At ground level, a multifunctional arrival zone serves as a flexible indoor/outdoor venue for special events, gatherings, presentations, and recreation.

S9 Architecture envisioned Dock 72 as a modern office building that venerates the legacy of labor forged at Brooklyn’s historic Navy Yard, while looking ahead to foster the tech, manufacturing, and creative sectors that have rebirthed 21st century industry in Brooklyn. Innovation and collaboration continue to drive the explosive growth of these industries worldwide. Dock 72 is designed to harness the power of these forces by organically facilitating cross-pollination, networking, and idea sharing through serendipitous encounters between the diverse community of startups, creatives, and small businesses who share workspace there. Floorplates are devised for scalable, open office plans, and social amenities that include 18,000 sf of outdoor terrace space for work and leisure, numerous lounges, a fitness facility, and a food hall encourage the mingling and interaction between WeWork members and other Dock 72 tenants, as well as the larger community at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


JUNE 13, 2016

“This project is going to help bring ideas, innovators, and start-ups to the Yard, where they can scale up their businesses, hire more New Yorkers, and manufacture their products right here in Brooklyn,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.

WeWork, which will occupy 220,000 square feet of the building, tapped S9 Architecture for the project back in 2013. S9 founding partner Navid Maqami said the site shaped Dock 72’s design in many ways (...).“We carved out these common areas that could be linked on multiple stories,” two or three at a time, via stairs, said Maqami. He explained that these shared areas aim to replicate the communal energy he found when he visited a WeWork coworking office. “It’s not about going to your cubicle or private office, getting it done, then going home,” Maqami said. " -- Zach Edelson