STUDIO V Architecture

STUDIO V Architecture

New York, NY


The Tanks

The Tanks is a vision to reconcile the erasure of the Brooklyn industrial waterfront and re-image what a public park of the 21st century should be.

Currently unbuilt, we hope to make it a reality – the City of New York has recently acquired the site after ten years and has funds in place to finally execute the park. Instead of creating an anonymous great lawn, a pro-bono team have come together to define a new vision of what this space can be.

A collaborative effort from internationally known Architects, Landscape Architects, Scientists, Environmental Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Remediation Specialists, Lighting Designers, and Graphic Designers, has yielded a new kind of waterfront park for NYC.

Nestled against an inlet is a series of ten oil tanks, located on the site of Charles Pratt’s historic Astral Oil Works. Pratt used the money from its sale to found his namesake school: The Pratt Institute, one of the earliest inclusive educational establishments, allowing students from all backgrounds.

Empty for half a century, The Tanks adaptively reuses the majestic tanks as Community Gardens, Performance Spaces, and Art Installations. Each unique, the tanks can house a picnic grove of birch trees and wildflowers, reflecting pools of water with hanging vines, theater which seats 250, and rocky landscapes and adventure playgrounds.

The vision provides public green spaces, play areas, gardens and more – resilient ecological Inlet with native species and community boating, Community Maker Space, and the endless possibilities for the Tank Gardens.

The team is working with community groups and city agencies to help make the vision a reality and pay homage to the area’s long legacy of manufacturing and preserve the neighborhood’s culture of collaboration and making that is so central to its 21st century character.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect and Master Plan
Additional Credits: Founders: Stacey Anderson and Karen Zabarsky
Architect: STUDIO V Architecture
Landscape Architect: Ken Smith Workshop
Lighting Designer: Tillotson Lighting Associates
Economic Analyst: BJH Advisors
Environmental Attorney: Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C.
Environmental Scientist: Capital Environmental Consultants
Environmental Engineer & Remediation Specialist: Tenen Environmental
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Civil Engineer: ARUP
Environmental Engineer: VHB
Graphic Identity: Pentagram
James Andrew Scott: Artist Collaborator
Model Maker: Kennedy Fabrications