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Gowanus Update: Slow Going at the Bunker on Bond

February 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments

Bunker One

Whenever we pass by the building that we like to call The Bunker on Bond Street because of its lack of windows superior abundance of wall space, we check to see how much progress has been made. We’re not sure if it’s the slowest moving building project in Brooklyn, but that’s only because there is so much competition in the borough. We feel safe in saying that it’s one of the slower ones we’ve seen. The address of the building is 346 Bond Street and the last standing horse stable on Bond Street was demolished to make room for it. The house on the corner, however, was not. The photos here came from our Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Correspondent who, it is fair to say, can not be counted as an admirer of this Robert Scarano structure. Our correspondent writes:

I would like to note the strange faux walnut veneer siding and tiny dot-dash shaped windows on the Bond St side. Bank Leumi has financed 346 Bond Street which could possibly account for its West Bank style. Tiny windows help in dry, desert climates to conserve energy and keep interiors cool. Also small windows are used in libraries of Universities for riot safety. I’d say this building alone could entice a design riot or two.

Someday, when the work wraps up on the Bunker, we will get the full effect of the building looming across the Gowanus Canal from the Carroll and Union Street Bridges.

Bunker Two

Bunker Three

Tags: Architecture · Gowanus

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Feb 1, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Ahh, yes. The Bunker building. I had blotted it from my mind. Now, it will be a bit harder.

  • 2 Brooklyn Salt // Feb 1, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I hate to admit that I don’t hate the bunker’s fake wood facade. I’m also guessing that it may be brighter inside than we all think.

    I am shocked at how s-l-o-w this building is moving along. Its almost as slow as the intersection of Pop & Lux.

  • 3 Anonymous // Feb 1, 2008 at 8:13 am

    There’s another slow-going building just a few blocks north, on the same side of Bond, between Union and Sackett streets (#304, I think). This one’s been finished on the outside (except for the plywood door in front), but nothing’s happened there for over a year. Does anyone know what’s up with it? Are these buildings waiting for zoning changes?

  • 4 gary // Feb 1, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Design by Scarano. Facade by IKEA!

    It’s awful . . . not as awful as I thought it would be, but still Stasi approved.

  • 5 Anonymous // Feb 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Excellent. STASI!!!!

  • 6 Anonymous // Feb 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    good looking building; hope the facade holds up with time

  • 7 Anonymous // Feb 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    “good Looking’???? Ugh. Go back to Los Angeles.

  • 8 Anonymous // Feb 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    It’s Superbowl Sunday – I hope that the workers that are on scaffolding working on the facade get home in time to catch it. I am sure DOB will just rush right over.

  • 9 Anonymous // Feb 4, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    And what about the building just around the corner on Carroll St? Aren’t they taking down the over built part yet? That un-buiding seems to be taking forever too.

  • 10 Anonymous // Feb 21, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Does anyone know who the selling agent will be?