Former Brooklyn Sugar Refinery Reopens as All-Electric Office Tower

A historic building was reimagined as a 15-story office tower powered by renewable energy.

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October 2, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


A former Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn has gained new life as an all-electric office tower. An article by Nicole Saraniero in Untapped Cities describes the project and the building’s history.

The adaptive reuse project, The Refinery at Domino, was developed by Two Trees Management and reenvisions the historic, fossil fuel-powered refinery into 460,000 square feet of renewably powered office space.

The brick refinery building now houses a 15-story glass tower that includes a ‘first-of-its-kind’vertical garden installed between the brick facade and the new glass wall. “A 27,000-square-foot glass dome penthouse crowns the new building, offering stunning panoramic views of the New York City skyline.” The building also features a dedicated bicycle lobby with a ramp and secure bike parking.

According to a press release from Two Trees Management, “ The Refinery at Domino is powered by a mechanical system that utilizes efficient, all-electric equipment, making it one of only a handful of large buildings city-wide to have net-zero carbon emissions. The building is also part of an unprecedented private water reuse system located on the Domino campus; all of the wastewater generated by The Refinery is treated and reused onsite, diverting polluted water from city outfalls, improving the quality of the East River and reducing stress on the city’s burdened infrastructure.” 

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