Building is the finger

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This 10-story condo tower soaring over Richardson Street in Williamsburg finally has a name. Counterintuitive though it may be, the developer is calling the dark-colored tower Luminous.

Built on top of an abandoned one-story warehouse between Humboldt and North Henry streets, the tower will include nine two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos.

The condo’s designer, controversial architect Robert Scarano, calls it a “sliver” building rather than the more common term, “finger” building — a tall, slim tower that rises above its low-scale neighbors and appears to be giving “the finger” to its surroundings.

But in spite of that ribald implication, Luminous has some features that beckon, “Welcome home,” not “screw you.” For example, each unit will take up an entire floor, making it the perfect building if you don’t like to share a hallway. The elevators will open up into the living areas, which each feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

Such buildings are Scarano’s calling card. The starchitect, who also designed the half-finished finger building at 144 N. Eighth St., is famous for figuring out how to skirt city rules to build towers in low-rise neighborhoods. As a result of several city violations, he’s been stripped of his ability to self-certify his designs.

Even cool ones like this.

Luminous will have its open house on Dec. 2, from noon to 4 pm. Call (718) 599-7373 for info.

Updated 4:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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