Having replaced an impressive Beaux-Arts office block that was most recently home to the Freedom Academy High School in Downtown Brooklyn, the Woods Bagot-designed rental tower at 120 Nassau Street has brought a touch of modern architecture to the neighbourhood. For though heritage enthusiasts may bemoan this significant loss, those looking for an apartment in New York's tight rental market will happy to note the launch of 270 market rate units. 

Stone-clad historic office block, 2011, image via Google Street View

Standing tall at 33 storeys, the 270 unit apartment tower represents the Australia-based Woods Bagot's first foray into North America. As such, given the aforementioned historic demolition, and the fact that The Amberly is one of the tallest in Downtown Brooklyn, the architects and developer have made quite a splash. 

The Amberly, as it will appear upon completion, image via Woods Bagot

Distinctive for its rust-coloured spandrel, evocative of the red-and-brown-brick aesthetic of New York's ubiquitous brownstones, the tower is is on target to deliver up to 400 new residents to the neighbourhood. The Amberly will consist of a full range of layouts and sizes, from studios to three-bedroom penthouses. 

The Amberly, main entrance, as it will appear upon completion, image via Woods Bagot

Meeting the street, The Amberly will be outfitted with a 10,000 square-foot public plaza, designed by SCAPE, which will add a significant amount of green space to the property. Well-situated, and close to Manhattan, units will range from $2,100-$8,000/month. 

SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

Related Companies:  203 Jay St. Association LLC (Thomas Aschmoneit), Amtrust Realty, Woods Bagot