Morris Adjmi Architects

Mason Gray

159,000 square feet
7 stories, 158 units
Brooklyn, New York

Mason Gray is a new mixed-use multifamily development in the heart of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Historic District. To continue the architectural legacy of the landmarked neighborhood, MA designed a contemporary building that fits within its well-established context by taking cues from the scale, architectural styles, and materiality of its immediate surroundings.

To design a large-scale building that both stands out and fits in, Mason Gray is composed of a variety of volumes and roof forms, each coming together to pay homage to unique aspects of the neighborhood’s historic fabric. In particular, Mason Gray’s massing was informed by the pitched rooflines of the adjacent Hebron Seventh Day Adventist Church and School. Known as the “crown jewel” of Crown Heights, the building was completed in 1889 and designated a New York City Landmark in 2011. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) also influenced the building’s size and shape by requiring the visibility of surrounding historical facades to be maintained throughout the site. 

Two 7-story volumes that contain the 158 residential apartments are connected by a low-scale volume that serves as the new building’s lobby while providing a relief that frames the church’s tallest peak. Mason Gray’s facade also takes on varying forms depending on which side of the building is viewed. The street-facing facade has a more rectangular shape to mirror the adjacent row homes across Sterling Place, while the rear facade mirrors the triangular forms of the church and school.

Detailed brickwork contributes to the building’s character. Both residential volumes are clad in different but complementary brickwork, featuring intricate patterns that blend historical and contemporary influences to create depth and dimension

Mason Gray's amenity package includes a striking double-height lobby lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, co-working spaces, bicycle storage, an attended parking garage, and private resident storage on every floor. Beyond the lobby, residents have access to a landscaped terrace.