USA, New York, Brooklyn

- 2008
Group tai-chi and spinning classes in the plaza attract residents before the morning rush. Available showers and laundry services provide a convenient way to save time before work.
Mid-day occupants can eat lunch at the cafe or grab a newspaper to read in the plaza. Bike customization services and brewery tours will attract visitors from outside the neighborhood.
Late night amenities such as the bar, deli and cafe allow the loft/village to serve as a community beacon and provide a safe access point to the subway.
Cmmunity events such as movie nights, live performances and dancing under the piers draw visitors to the neighborhood and provide a social gathering place for residents.
Extending from the loft/village are a series of bike paths running throughout Red Hook, connecting the bike network to routes for Manhattan, Prospect Park and neighborhoods in between.
Service stations along routes. Amenities will include integrated tire pumps and puncture repair kits, maps and area information, secure locking points, and covers for shelter during inclement weather.
In order to help riders locate our services, sites and routes, the typical bike icon has been modified to show the direction of the nearest station and points of interest, at intervals along the paths.
By stacking multiple programs, the project leverages the nodal location of the site to create a dynamic urban collector within the neighborhood.
Plaza view: daytime
Street view: daytime
Plaza view: nighttime
Street view: nighttime
Bike routes
Service stations
Route markings
Loft/village: axometric drawing

Design Team

Jordan Parnass, Darrick Borowski, Randy Plemel, Sean Karns,  Bjorn Andersson,  Anthony Moon, Tara ShoenHolz, Christine Collister, Nick Dewald, Malin Schaedel, Danny Orenstein, Justin Snider

With a long history as a major industrial and shipping hub, and a recent boom in residential population, Red Hook is a neighborhood in transition. Nevertheless, the development of public amenities has lagged behind other areas due to a lack of public transportation options. The neighborhood’s proximity to the river and other residential enclaves is tempered by a long walk to the subway.

What is needed is an infrastructural overlay, to provide better access to the existing transit network nodes, and allow easier use of the system by residents and visitors. We propose a system of newly created paths (to and from Manhattan, throughout Red Hook and to Prospect Park), where a series of service areas will be strategically set-up to aid in repairs and provide support. These areas will be carved from existing street parking spaces, and distributed along the routes to provide the maximum zones of coverage for riders. Amenities include integrated tire pumps and puncture repair kits, maps and area information, secure locking points, and covers for shelter during inclement weather.

Additionally, the creation of a centralized hub, for biking, commuting and recreational use, will open up access and provide economic stimulus to the community. Our loft/village provides a central access for point for the bicycle network, and is a dynamic venue where commuters can accomplish errands, relax, socialize and play. Twenty four hour programming would include bike storage, bike repair and customization, showers, subway access, a laundromat, post office, cafe, bar, newsstand, a BMX recreation area, an outdoor performance area and a grocery store.

To attract a mixture of desirable retail and service businesses to the loft/village, the Brooklyn Brewery would be approached to share the space. By allowing half the block to be occupied by brewery operation and the other half village, a process of urban revitalization will be set in motion, encouraging other businesses to follow suit and residents to enjoy the new amenities. By inter-mixing these various commercial/social activities, the site would see a continuously changing mix of activities at all hours of the day, helping to maintain a welcoming atmosphere.