Northwest corner from Kent Avenue and South 8th Street.

Construction is wrapping up at the Oosten, a residential development in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. Developed by XIN Development and designed by Piet Boon, the seven story structure occupies an entire block near the East River waterfront and the Williamsburg Bridge. On the exterior, a collaborative design between Boon and Think Architecture, changes in  material help to break down the building into more discreet volumes, addressing the small scale of the neighborhood.

All four corners of the site feature floor to ceiling glass accented by vertical metal fins for sun mitigation and visual interest on the facade. Smaller bays of similarly detailed glass walls march along the mid-block portions of the facade, along with brick and punched window piers.

Close-up of the south facade from South 9th Street.

Close-up of the southeast facade from South 9th Street.

Close-up of the southeast facade from Wythe Avenue.

Lobby entry.

Residents of the Oosten will have access to an array of amenities, including two lobbies, a 24-hour concierge, lounge, children’s playroom, interior courtyard, landscaped rooftop with splash pool and outdoor grill, indoor lap pool, and fitness center with spa. Private parking will also be offered to residents along with bike storage.


Residential corridor.

Inside, the building contains 216 units developed from seven different typologies, ranging from townhouses and duplex homes to lofts, one-, two- and three-bedrooms to duplex penthouses. Boon designed the Oosten’s interiors in the Dutch tradition with a light and dark palette of finishes to choose from. The floor-to-ceiling glass and high ceilings, starting at 10 feet, provide lots of natural light and views out, either to the street or to the large interior courtyard. 

Living room in a residential unit.

Bathroom in a residential unit.

Living room in a duplex residential unit.

View of the Williamsburg Bridge from a penthouse terrace.

Panoramic view of Williamsburg from a penthouse terrace.

Looking east from a penthouse terrace.

View of the courtyard and the Lower Manhattan skyline from a penthouse terrace.

Architect: Piet Boon; Developer: XIN Development; Program: Residential; Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; Completion: 2016.