Dattner Architects is proud to announce that Caesura received a national Honor Award in the 2018 SARA Design Competition! The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), an organization focused on promoting growth and advancement of architectural professionals, hosts this annual awards program to recognize design excellence nationally and abroad in architecture and allied disciplines.
Caesura is a distinctively modern, human-scaled building that stands out from the surrounding high-rise buildings in Downtown Brooklyn’s Cultural District. The building offers a break from the intensity of the city—a thoughtful balance of sanctuary and community, and the natural and cultural. A textured terra-cotta base contrasts a lighter brick tower, while a shifting pattern of windows creates a lively rhythm.
This mixed-use, mixed-income 12-story building offers 123 units above the cultural base. This space is home to the Center for Fiction—the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction—as well as the Mark Morris Dance Center rehearsal studios and retail space facing the Arts Plaza.
Above the cultural facilities, a variety of affordable and market-rate apartments, ranging from micro units to two-bedrooms, accommodate a range of modern urban households. Each unit is carefully laid out to create light-filled spaces with high-quality, contemporary finishes. Caesura uniquely maximizes shared communal areas by offering a fitness center and bike room to encourage an active lifestyle, a common goods lending library, a community lounge for social gatherings, and a double-height conservatory for yoga and quiet contemplation. This project was designed in collaboration with Bernheimer Architecture.
This year’s awards competition recognized 31 honorees. Jury members ranked projects based on clarity of concept, strength of solution, community relevance, and overall innovative and design aesthetics. This year’s awards were presented at the 62nd Annual SARA National Conference, in Miami, FL this past weekend.