4. Domino Sugar Factory
The four-million square foot multi-use development at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge has had its share of controversy, but we believe the Domino Sugar Factory development will be one of the most unique along the Brooklyn waterfront when completed. Two Trees, the second developer to take on the site, completely revamped the original approved plan by a previous developer, adding notable architectural, preservation and urban planning innovations. The design by SHoP Architects is of course surprising, daring and controversial, but the Two Trees plan also involves extending the street grid back to the waterfront and retaining the historical facade of the main building. Machinery salvaged from the interior will be placed along the public esplanade.