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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The current Bushwick Inlet site is, quite objectively, an ugly place. Urban decay took its toll over the past several decades, leaving the area as an unkempt, fenced off lot. Rusted scrap metal and miscellaneous garbage plague the entire site. The view of the Manhattan skyline is mostly blocked by either high chain-link fences. The few parts that are not blocked soon will be by an upcoming residential tower. Greenery is rare, appearing only as the odd bush or awkward blade of grass poking through the asphalt.
My project is an upwards peeling of the ground to both combat the boring flatness of the site and bring visitors higher and offer a clearer view of the river and of Manhattan architecture. This ramp-like structure adds much needed verticality to the site and features a green roof with recreational programming, such as a fitness center and a river lookout. This elevated space will cover the fire station and adjacent museum below, boldly mixing the daily lives of the firefighters and the general public. My project will give back to the community what they were promised years ago; a lush, friendly area.
The site is comprised of two streets forming an irregular angle on the north and east sides and the Bushwick Inlet cutting away to form the south and west sides. The irregular angle is due to the convergence of three city grids on our site, all of which are taking equal prominence and lacking order. My project seeks to define a new, rational set of rules for shaping the site and surrounding areas through the transition from old to new and overall gentrification of the area. Taking cues for the Neoplasticism movement, there is a bounding box subdivided into four zones, pertaining to program, that form a hierarchy from the street corner to the park. The spaces dividing these zones are large open atriums that imply a path from the city into the park by means of the building and encourage public interaction with the fire station. The building itself is subdivided into different spaces at regular angles and in ways that further imply a grid through the entire space.
The Engine Company 212’s new firehouse is located within Brooklyn, New York, specifically located in the Greenpoint neighborhood. This site is a beautiful contrast of so many different worlds. The surrounding buildings are majority industrial with a history behind them and tall, modern glass residential buildings. We are located on the North side of the Bushwick inlet. The city of New York has a park planned on the South side of the inlet extending to the North side, beside our site. Our site also looks across the river to the East to the Manhattan skyline.
My design is heavily influenced by sustainable building techniques such as rainwater collection, natural ventilation, green roof temperature regulation, solar panels, and so many more. The footprint of the fire station has been kept as small as possible. The different ceiling heights within the program create a series of levels, creating an interesting relationship of inhabitable roofs. There will be a pathway through the first level for the public. This pathway will allow for the public to interact with the interior of the apparatus bay and the Monitor Museum to pull in viewers, but with no need to go inside if time does not allow. It also frames the beautiful view across the East River of the Manhattan skyline.
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The Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, NY boasts scenic views of the East River and Manhattan, recreational facilities and playgrounds for members of the public to utilize, and an exquisite waterfront district that acts as the unifying element between the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods. Situated just north of the park is a fire station that services these facilities and their surrounding developments. Intended to act as a metamorphosis between the free flowing nature of the water found to the west of the site (in the East River) and the heavy urbanity that defines the site’s eastern borders, the site of the Brooklyn fire station is reminiscent of the roadways, traffic patterns, and streets that once existed there in the late-nineteenth century. By extending 15th Street to create an intersection at 15th Street and Quay Street, the now triangular shape of the site (as defined by a roadway system of 15th Street, Quay Street, and Franklin Street) is extremely influential in the overall design of the fire station.
Five apparatus bays and a maintenance bay make up the emergency components of the structure. These emergency systems are angled eastward (perpendicular to 15th Street) towards the urban portions of Brooklyn so as to provide as efficient of an exit and re-entry passage as possible for emergency vehicles. Upon entry into the public portions of the fire station, visitors may choose to walk towards the back of the structure (where they will find the educational spaces) or to ascend the grand staircase and arrive at the exhibits that make up the facility’s visitors center. The private residential components of the fire station can also be found on this second floor. These rooms are arranged in the shape of an “L,” which overlooks the Manhattan skyline on one side and the facility’s green roof on the other. Immediately outside the fire station, the Monitor Museum is situated at the intersection of Franklin and 15th Street so that it can be seen as a prominent cultural aspect within the city. There exists a public gathering space in between the backside of the museum and the outside of the fire station’s public education spaces so as to provide an environment for all members of and visitors to the community to gather together. This space provides a human metamorphosis of ideas, beliefs, and knowledge, in a very similar to manner to what the site provides for the surrounding region as a whole.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – James Ingo Freed http://www.aiachicago.org/dea_archive/2014/jacob-k.-javits-convention-center-renovation