New York, NY | Frankfurt am Main, DE
1100 Architect and Ricci Greene Associates formed a Joint Venture to design the renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn Detention Center. The existing 1950s building is located on Atlantic Avenue, a main thoroughfare at the intersection of the Boerum Hill residential neighborhood and the more civic and commercial Downtown Brooklyn area. The new design relates to the scale of both neighborhoods while almost doubling the size of the facility.
To create a building where old and new are fully integrated, the center tower structure of the existing building will be preserved and surrounded with new construction. The new façade will be composed of architectural pre-cast concrete panels (which speak to the adjacent limestone courthouse), a glass curtain wall, and a 15,000-square-foot photovoltaic panel screen to create a contemporary appearance that is contextually and environmentally responsible. The reorganization of the ground floor incorporates new retail space along Atlantic Avenue, contributing to the neighborhood make-up.
Sustainability is a key component of the design. Green elements explored consist of two types of green roof (including a farming option); water conservation through a vacuum plumbing system and a water retention system; and efficient climate control, including radiant heating and cooling.
AIA NY Chapter Design Awards, Unbuilt Work Merit Award, 2012.
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US