215 Park Avenue South, 1901
New York, NY 10003
212 962 6307

Gowanus Office & High School

Brooklyn, NY


Office and Specialized STEAM High School


Two Trees Management


Office: 230,500 GSF
Retail: 10,000 GSF
School: 62,000 GSF



Situated in an industrial zone along the Gowanus canal in Brooklyn, this project is ideally positioned to respond to changes in 21st century urban life: a new pattern of urbanity where people increasingly live and work across the territory of the city rather than uniformly commuting to centrally located, mono-use central business districts. With its location two blocks from the Carroll Street F-stop, the site will provide essential access to innovation hubs at Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, SoHo and the Flatiron district and promote walk-to-work office space for residents of Gowanus, Carrol Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Originally zoned for low density, heavy manufacturing uses, Gowanus is rich in history and visual character, but its outdated zoning requirements make it a challenge to design for the city’s current and future workforce needs.

Parallel to a city-led neighborhood framework which seeks to transform Gowanus into a forward-looking, truly mixed-use neighborhood, PAU is guiding the project through a rezoning effort, or ULURP, that will enable easily subdivided creative commercial spaces that have ample natural light and are geared toward a critical mass of small-scale, innovative office tenants; remove an antiquated parking requirement that would otherwise drastically increase project cost and flood vulnerability in this low lying area; and allow for a critically needed educational use in the form of a specialized STEAM high school. Designed for Two Trees Management, the building’s more than 260,000 SF of leasable office space will bring scores of new jobs to the Gowanus, while the high school and small-scale retail spaces activate the surrounding streets and bring much needed services and educational opportunity to local residents and office workers alike.

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