Studio Libeskind has released three renderings of the 10-storey apartment block, which will be built on a plot in the Sumner Houses estate in Bedford-Stuyvesant – often shortened to Bed-Stuy.
Although the firm designed the masterplan for the World Trade Center redevelopment, this housing block will be Studio Libeskind's first building in New York City. Construction is set to begin in 2020.
The locally based firm has designed the building as part of a city-wide scheme to construct affordable housing for seniors on property owned by the New York City Housing Authority, known as Housing New York 2.0's Seniors First.
Featuring a white angular form, the block will contain 197 residential units that will all be affordable to "extremely low, very low, and low-income individuals" for the duration of the 99-year-long lease. A 10,285-square-feet (955-square-metre) community facility will be placed at ground level facing Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
"I am extremely grateful and inspired by this opportunity to contribute to the Bed-Stuy community," said architect Daniel Libeskind.
"I believe I can speak for our entire team that our goal is to serve the senior community by creating homes that give a sense of civic pride and create more much needed affordable housing in New York City," added Libeskind.
Studio Libeskind was selected to oversee the design of the project alongside a team that includes; Selfhelp Community Services, a non-profit that provides services to vulnerable seniors living in New York; RiseBoro Community Partnership, an organisation that develops communities in Brooklyn and Queens; and affordable housing developers Urban Builders Collaborative/Lettire.