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It's not the same Castle Braid Building (a.k.a. 114 Troutman) as it was in Betty Smith's novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, set in pre-World War I Brooklyn. Durukan Design is transforming the 160,000-square-foot factory building for developer Mayer Schwartz into a rental apartment building with 146 one- to three-bedroom units. Concrete floors are printed with patterns, staircases take unexpected forms, and walls are built specifically so artists can use them as canvases. Glass encloses a 5,500-square-foot courtyard, designed by Future Green Studio, and is composed of green walls, garden enclaves, a graffiti art wall, a double-sided fireplace, wood furniture made from tree trunks, and found corrugated steel. Amenities are intended to create community, including a doorman, common area, gym, movie screening room, laundry center, library, and a game room. The developer is considering adding a food co-op/cafe for the project as well.

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