550 Vanderbilt At 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, nature takes center stage.

The new 17-story luxury condominium development is part of the ambitious Pacific Park Brooklyn master-planned community, originally conceived by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Rick Cook, a founding partner at architecture firm COOKFOX, used the eight-acre Pacific Park as the guiding force when developing 550 Vanderbilt‘s design. From the moment residents enter the front door of the development, they are able to look through the lobby right into Pacific Park, designed by landscape architecture firm Thomas Balsley Associates.

Units have generously-sized windows protected by custom chamfered masonry frames and flowering planters, letting in plenty of light and air into the homes. The park is such a focal point for the development that even elevator vestibules have park views.

The building will feature extensive landscaping on the community rooftop terrace as well as in residents’ private terraces.

Cook saw the need for 550 Vanderbilt to fit in with its surroundings and aimed to accomplish this through smart design. “We’re passionate about the idea that a healthy resilient city depends on diversity and the highest quality housing and we believe that we’ve made that the heart and soul of 550,” he said in a video detailing the design process.

More than half of the members of Cook’s architecture studio live in Brooklyn, so 550 Vanderbilt was literally near and dear to the team. “Our greatest hope is that when people call 550 home they’ll be proud of… the way this building fits into Prospect Heights and sets up the new condition of Pacific Park,” said Cook.

Developed by Greenland Forest City Partners, a partnership with Greenland Group and Forest City Ratner Companies, 550 Vanderbilt features a wide array of layouts — from studios to four-bedrooms to maisonettes and penthouses.

Prices for available units start from $625,000 and the building is opening in late 2016.

Watch the full video below to learn more from Rick Cook about the 550 Vanderbilt design:

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