Design firm anchors at Dock 72 on the Brooklyn waterfront

Design firm anchors at Dock 72 on the Brooklyn waterfront

Steve Cuozzo

Design and innovation firm Huge signed a two-story lease at Dock 72 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard — and it’s huge for Boston Properties and Rudin, the joint venture developers of the ship-shaped waterfront building that screams “cool factor.” ”

The 71,000-square-foot deal on the top two office floors of Dock 72 represents welcome progress for the project, where the pandemic has slowed leasing efforts after an earlier WeWork deal for 220,000 square feet. After that, Boston and Rudin drew gaps in the tough market until digital culinary hub Food52 landed a 42,000-square-foot lease last October. The uniquely designed waterfront building has 675,000 square feet.

Huge will be relocating from 45 Main St. in Dumbo. The company says its new digs will serve as a “Global Experience Center,” offering employees and guests a complete reinterpretation of the traditional workplace.

This is exactly the kind of tenant the landlords had in mind.

“We designed, developed and programmed Dock 72 to specifically appeal to creative businesses that thrive on innovation, creativity and authenticity,” said Rudin EVP Michael Rudin.

Mat Baxter, Huge’s global chief executive officer, said his home at Dock 72 will “function more like a clubhouse” than a traditional office.

The uniquely designed waterfront building has 675,000 square feet.The uniquely designed waterfront building is 675,000 square feet.APSTK

Dock 72, located at the Navy Yard NYC ferry stop, features 3,500 square feet of amenities including a dining hall managed by FLIK Hospitality and Danny Meyers Union Square Events.

Huge was repeated internally by Winter Stockwell and by CBRE’s Cara Chayet, David Hollander, Liz Lash and Ken Rapp. Ownership was taken over by Boston’s Andrew Levin and Rudin’s Robert Steinman, as well as by Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE teams.