Organization Name: Bernheimer Architecture
Project Title: One Flushing
Project Location: Flushing, Queens
One Flushing, developed by Monadnock Development and designed by Bernheimer Architecture, is a residential, community facility, and commercial development project that celebrates neighborhood unity, cultural diversity and the immigrant history of Flushing, Queens. “One Flushing” signifies one community and one neighborhood that works, lives, and plays together in harmony. The development of this site provides an opportunity to create a model of sustainable transit-oriented affordable housing crafted to address the needs of the existing Flushing community. Flushing’s rapid growth over the past three decades has resulted in a city within a city – an incredibly diverse neighborhood with a central business district that rivals Times Square and Lower Manhattan. Recent growth and development (like much of New York City) has focused on luxury apartments and large retail spaces – a fact that belies an increased need for housing, services, and business opportunities for local residents.
The building houses 231 rental apartments in an 9-story structure with varying windows and brick types/colors to create an architectural rhythm as one proceeds down the street. 2nd floor and main roof terraces provide a range of recreational and educational options for our residents and the public alike. At the roof terrace, multiple seating areas serve the senior and affordable residents while our farm will allow residents to grow their own food. One Flushing’s design is at once efficient and varied. A saw-toothed facade pulls the visitor down from Main Street and provides ample opportunity for signage – a key component of the Flushing street experience. The mass is broken by a distinctive residential lobby and a separate community facility lobby. The fenestration of the 2nd floor community facility has oversized colorful windows framing the public-focused work undertaken inside.
Drawing on the diversity and vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood, One Flushing is envisioned as a mixed-use intergenerational building that brings together community facility, retail, and residential uses with a dynamic and varied architectural expression. The building contributes to the concentration of established and successful retail in Flushing and advances the economic and social development goals for the area by creating dedicated community facility spaces and residential space.
Bernheimer Architecture is a practice rooted in New York City and its surroundings. As a studio BA creates dignified spaces through contemplative research, simultaneous with consideration for the pragmatics of building. Our studio is committed to designing sustainable and resilient architecture by crafting productive environments for people and their communities. Thoughtful use of form, materials and systems leads to designs responsive to context, program, budget, catalyzing rich experience. BA provides full architectural design, interior design, construction administration, planning and zoning analysis services. BA’s portfolio includes award-winning affordable and high-end residential, commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, public architectural projects, furniture design, architectural design competitions, and art installations.