Celebrity architect Ingels purchases Brooklyn Heights penthouse for $2.1M

May 20, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Denmark-born celebrity architect Bjarke Ingels has purchased a penthouse at the St. George Tower, 111 Hicks St., in Brooklyn Heights, for $2,163,525, according to published reports on Thursday.

The apartment, on the 29th and 30th floors of the historic structure, has been on the market since 2010, according to 6sqft.com, a real estate website.

Ingels became well known for his work in Denmark and moved to New York in 2012. Here, he is best known for VIA57 West, a pyramid-shaped residential tower in Midtown Manhattan, as well as River Ring, a planned residential tower-and-park development on the Williamsburg waterfront that has been covered in the Brooklyn Eagle.  

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He also won a design contest for improving Manhattan’s flood resistance, and has taught architecture and design at such prestigious schools as Yale, Harvard and Columbia. His Bjarke Ingels Group employs 600 people.

The St. George Tower was built in the late 1920s as an adjunct to the then-prominent St. George Hotel. Its brickwork features motifs of gargoyles, eagles and other soaring birds. Its roof deck features a 360-degree view of New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

River Ring. Rendering courtesy of River Ring

Ingels also owns another Brooklyn penthouse at 205 Water St., for which he reportedly paid more than $4 million.

In 2019, the architect appeared before the Landmarks Preservation Commission and asked for a rooftop addition to the 29th and 30th floors, a new elevator shaft, a raised roof deck and a pool.  “I have a massive self-interest because I hope to make it my home,” Ingels told the commission, according to 6sqft.


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