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Navy Yard

Navy Yard

Critic: Kieth Krumwiede

​YSoA, fall 2011

We were tasked with designing an institutional building based on the German kunsthalle, a place to display temporary exhibitions, and which would also house artist studios. Our site was on a pier next to a still functioning dry dock at the historic Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Since the site was so rich with industrial tradition, I decided to explore warehouse typologies, both from a formal and operational standpoint.

I mapped and recorded the influx and outflux of art, raw material, waste and people on a daily and yearly basis. I wanted to discover a logic about where these things entered and left the building, but more importantly how they moved around and interacted with one another once there.

Because so much of the programmatic space was dependent on the types of exhibits or events being held, it seemed logical to create flexible spaces. A network of large sliding, swinging and folding doors partition the spaces to allow for a variety of exhibition setups. A ‘void’ carved through the center of the building can either be exterior to the envelope when goods must be delivered by land or barge, or interior to it to maximize programmatic space.

Diagram of Moving Stuff 2.jpg
plan 1.jpg
plan 2.jpg
sections.jpg
long section Final 2.jpg
perspective02 Best 2.jpg
perspective01 b.jpg

Navy Yard

Critic: Kieth Krumwiede

​YSoA, fall 2011

We were tasked with designing an institutional building based on the German kunsthalle, a place to display temporary exhibitions, and which would also house artist studios. Our site was on a pier next to a still functioning dry dock at the historic Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Since the site was so rich with industrial tradition, I decided to explore warehouse typologies, both from a formal and operational standpoint.

I mapped and recorded the influx and outflux of art, raw material, waste and people on a daily and yearly basis. I wanted to discover a logic about where these things entered and left the building, but more importantly how they moved around and interacted with one another once there.

Because so much of the programmatic space was dependent on the types of exhibits or events being held, it seemed logical to create flexible spaces. A network of large sliding, swinging and folding doors partition the spaces to allow for a variety of exhibition setups. A ‘void’ carved through the center of the building can either be exterior to the envelope when goods must be delivered by land or barge, or interior to it to maximize programmatic space.

Navy Yard
Diagram of Moving Stuff 2.jpg
plan 1.jpg
plan 2.jpg
sections.jpg
long section Final 2.jpg
perspective02 Best 2.jpg
perspective01 b.jpg