Our site is located in the Greenpoint area more specifically on the Bushwich Inlet in Brooklyn, NY. This area is surrounded especially by industrial buildings and some residential as well. The site is defined by two roads (Franklin Street and Quay Street), which intersect with one another in order to create an interesting corner condition.
The everyday life of a fire fighter includes interaction with people and work for the community in order to save as many lives as possible. There is a need for spaces where people can interact with one another and share. My proposal is to build a structure along the two main streets of the site and create exterior courtyard spaces were the firefighters could interact with other people and between them. The focus of my project is this main courtyard that connects the apparatus, residential, administration, etc. parts of the program together in order to create interesting condition were people interact with one another. There are two types of people experiencing that courtyard space. People that experience it in an every day basis like the fire fighters and also people that come into the space as visitors or not every day users.
The apparatus and residential part of the program are located in the north part of the site, with curtain walls that face the exterior courtyard as well as the nice view of the Manhattan skyline. Basically everything that faces this courtyard will be glass in order to have that connection between the inside and the outside. The idea of extending the roads of the site in order to create spaces between parts of the building was also addressed. Every part of the building emphasizes the exterior main courtyard as well as the other exterior spaces. A training tower is also part of the design intention in order to emphasize the process that a person has to go through in order to become a fire fighter.
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