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Domino Sugar Refinery
Architects: Pau
Year: 2023
Area: 42000 m2
Location: 300 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

Constructed in 1884, the Domino Sugar Refinery was once the largest sugar manufacturing producer in the world. After 120 years in operation, the Refinery closed in 2004, prompting the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission to name the Filter, Pan, and Finishing House of the Refinery a landmark site in 2007. Two Trees Management purchased the site in October 2012 and began executing its plan to revitalize the site while still embracing the architecture of the original structures. Before beginning their work, Two Trees commissioned artist Kara Walker in 2014 to create a giant sphinx sculpted out of white sugar, called “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” to commemorate the original purpose of the building and spread awareness for the role of Black labor in sugar production throughout the U.S.

Photos by Max Touhey