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There’s a new kid on the block making noise in Brooklyn’s thriving Bushwick neighborhood.

At 7 stories tall, 500 units, and occupying 489,000 square feet of real estate, The Rheingold is one of the most expansive multifamily developments in the New York City borough to date.

The complex boasts several in-demand amenities including two courtyards, a game room, state-of-the-art fitness center, movie theater, coffee bar, and 60,000-square-foot rooftop deck with striking views of the Manhattan skyline. These amenities offer residents places to socialize, creating a sense of community that elevates Bushwick’s cultural identity.

Designed by New York-based ODA, The Rheingold’s claim to fame is not only its city-block size and engaging amenities, but also its colorful and distinct modular form that breaks the mold of the surrounding homogeneous architecture. The façade reveals two staggered layers that illustrate texture, contrast, and depth. Recessed windows are wrapped in extruded aluminum frames that are powder-coated in a conspicuous color spectrum ranging from yellow to red. Finally, exterior walls are clad in corrugated metal panels that convey a visual connection to the neighborhood’s industrial past.

C.R. Laurence GRS Glass Railing System on Rheingold balconies.
©Pavel Bendov C.R. Laurence GRS Glass Railing System on Rheingold balconies.

A defining architectural element of The Rheingold is its vast grid of balconies that extend from nearly every apartment unit. The balconies overlook either the lively courtyards or bustling city streets, initiating a seamless dialogue with the surrounding environment.

As with any multifamily development, occupant safety is a priority. C.R. Laurence manufactured and supplied more than 6,000 linear feet of its GRS TAPER-LOC Glass Railing System to enclose each balcony and protect residents from accidental falls. The railing system is the first and only ICC-ES approved glass guardrail available in the marketplace. This simplifies specification because the certification ensures it will be accepted by code officials nationwide.

The GRS TAPER-LOC Glass Railing System improves safety while enhancing aesthetics and promoting daylight diffusion to help produce vibrant interiors.

The Rheingold symbolizes the evolution of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood from a manufacturing hub to an urban playground. Its grand scale and countless amenities together create a self-contained village that merges culture and entertainment, resulting in an avant-garde residential community that’s the talk of the town.