The Brooklyn Cultural District represents home to 50 independent creative groups and major institutions – such as BAM, MMDG, BRIC, and TFANA. The new streetscape design enhances the identity of the District, and will serve approximately three million cultural patrons per year, who also enliven the area’s restaurants, bars and shops.
Stakeholder engagement, organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, defined WXY’s goal to create a lively day-to-night district that remained authentic to Brooklyn. A specular concrete with reflective glass and a changing rhythm of saw-cut joints was used to create a dynamic streetscape, which responds to each building while asserting a cohesive identity. Solar-powered LED ground lights are located along the joint lines. Together, these elements heighten the perspective down each street, and create a whimsical effect as they sparkle throughout the night.