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Flatbush Avenue Development

MKCA is the Design Architect, responsible for overall building design of a new mixed-use residential building located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

The project integrates an existing, historic terracotta commercial structure that is to be renovated as an MKCA-designed public market hall dedicated to the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables. It addresses the growing public health concern around food deserts through its commitment to the rigorous New York City FRESH zoning program, ensuring durable fresh food resources in neighborhoods with a dearth of fresh food options.

Solar and environmental factors that positively impact the public spaces of the building are the primary mechanism to ensure meaningful architectural relationships between the retail and residential portions of the building. The mass of the building is organized around an south-facing exterior recreational space and a large triangular skylight that channels sunlight into the deepest recesses of the below-grade commercial space, and ensuring the longevity of the market program.

A concentric organization of shelving, display, and stepped seating elements coalesce around the central opening at street level, while the residential portion of the building above gently steps forward to create a corbeled and gently self-shaded facade.


MKCA Project Team
Justin Snider
Robinson Strong
Michael K Chen

Executive Architect
Tobin Parnes Design