Design Vault Ep. 26 1 Java with Jeremy Iannucci


design vault episode 26 1 java with jeremy iannucci


Born and raised in New York City, architect Jeremy Iannucci brings a design perspective that is deeply influenced by the city's ever-changing landscape. His architectural philosophy, founded on the potential of every effort he contributes to, is intricately woven with each site's narrative and heritage.


With a graduate degree from City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Jeremy has embarked on a diverse professional and personal journey. His portfolio encompasses challenging endeavors, including mixed-use projects and 1 Java, which will re-invigorate Brooklyn's waterfront with critically needed market rate and affordable housing, pedestrian friendly areas and greenspace.  


In addition to working at Marvel, Jeremy serves as a respected design critic at The City College of New York and Pratt Institute. Here, he seeks to both nurture emerging talent and build a larger, more informed design community. 






Goals / Project / Sustainability: 
1 Java is a mixed-use residential building located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Marvel serves as the project’s design architect and master planner. The project responds to NYC housing market and owners needs, addressing: sustainability, constructability, risk mitigation, tax incentives, and marketability. The development investment strategy requires net-zero ready design and maximization of floor area, the project also includes the largest geothermal array in New York State. The building will participate in the 421a Affordable New York and Inclusionary Housing program, providing up to 261 affordable housing units out 871 total units. This project replaces the former two-story Jerome Motel, which had been used for supportive services. The S:US team offered relocation to current residents, while more than tripling the former site's capacity, responding to the city's housing needs.

The full city-block site incorporates the only privately-owned pier in NYC. Given the size of the development and the uniqueness of the site on Greenpoint’s East River, Marvel assessed the project from an urban design perspective and a street-level/local point of view. Marvel sought a cohesive design that also broke down the massing into more relatable elements and a more active street front. Unlike most of Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods, Greenpoint housing was created for those who worked there. This is a neighborhood of workers - people who built and sustained the industries that thrived on the docks and in its industrial areas. Marvel’s approach to design involves a research-based process based on information gathering, analysis, engagement and outreach, to arrive at the best design solutions. Our process ensures that design responds to current issues, client, stakeholder, and community priorities, follows best practices while promoting innovation. Our multi-disciplinary team enables open conversations among the team and stakeholders, ensuring collaboration and consensus on design solutions. The research and analysis phase informs the Project Goals and Objectives, which are used as guidelines throughout the design process.

Features / Qualities:
•    Acoustical separation (from exterior and between interior spaces)
•    Enterprise Green Communities (sustainable initiative)
•    LEED Gold
•    Fitwel certified
•    Net-zero ready
•    Geothermal (ground-sourced heat pump)
•    Thermally broken façade systems including brick, metal and concrete panel, and glazing systems
•    Amenity spaces include lounges, fitness areas, Planted outdoor terraces, recreation areas, rooftop pool
•    Landscaped rooftops
•    Landscaped, publicly accessible waterfront park (designed by JCFO with MARVEL collaboration)
•    Landscaped streetscapes with integrated resiliency (site is within the flood plain)
•    Mixed-use with retail, townhomes, food and beverage offerings at grade 

Finished Project:
The building rises from Greenpoint into two distinct towers which vary in plan and elevation (355’ and 205’) to maximize light, views, and openness as they mitigate the impact of tower height on the surrounding streets. Terraces on the east and west faces of the tower modulate the Greenpoint-facing and East River-facing elevations while creating private terraces for units and amenity spaces. Retail, food & beverage, live-work spaces and other community facing spaces are consolidated along West and India Streets. The existing circulation and commuter route reinforced by the India Street ferry service make locating the primary pedestrian residential entrance on India St. a natural choice. The pier, already an attractor, can be programmed as an extension of India St. and Waterfront Plaza experiences and increase 1 Java’s ability to become a year- round destination. Townhomes share setback stoops and a small secondary convenience lobby for the low-rise along Java Street. Java St will be marked by a quieter more private character leading from West St. to the waterfront. Services and vehicular access are oriented towards Java Street and reinforce India Street’s pedestrian character.


Design Vault Ep. 26 1 Java with Jeremy Iannucci


Design Vault Ep. 26 1 Java with Jeremy Iannucci


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