After five years of development and construction, work on the 1.2-million-square-foot Denizen Bushwick is now complete. The residential campus is designed by ODA New York, which oversaw all aspects of the project including the exteriors, interior planning, and landscape design. All Year Management is the developer responsible for the project.
Denizen’s official address is 54 Noll Street and sits on the former site of Bushwick’s historic Rhinegold Brewery spanning approximately ten acres. The exterior design incorporates crisscrossing masonry elements and windows that feature both square and sharp angles, creating a unique viewing experience from within the building.
In total, Denizen Bushwick comprises 911 units which began leasing last year. Twenty percent of the units are reserved as affordable housing units.
The amenity areas span over 100,000 square feet, a scale that is unheard of in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. On its own, the rooftop outdoor space spans approximately 70,000 square feet and includes a mini golf course, barbecues, a hydroponic urban farm, ample seating, and clear views of the Manhattan skyline despite its distance from the center of the city. Amenity spaces within include a coffee shop, game rooms, a rock-climbing wall, a large pool, a boxing ring, a microbrewery, children’s play areas, and multiple lounges for residents and their guests.
“The rooftop farm serves as an edible oasis for urban residents with Pick Your Own days, pickling workshops, and hydroponic happy hours,” says Electra Jarvis of Green Food Solutions.
An interior courtyard at the center of the building is decorated with lush landscaping and “mega murals” curated by the locally founded Bushwick Collective.
A publicly accessible through-block park bisects Denizen, spans 17,850 square feet, and will reportedly host seasonal community events in the warmer months. The placement of the public space helps diminish the fort-like magnitude of the building.
“We are proud of what has taken shape at Bushwick,” said Eran Chen, founding principal, ODA. “Not only were we able to transform a dilapidated industrial building and turn it into a magnet for community, but we’re influencing how people connect, how cities are developed, and paving the way for architecture to be part of the solution.”
To date, Denizen has received multiple awards including recognition from the New York chapter of the Urban Land Institute, which recognizes excellence in development across the five boroughs.