NCMA COMPETITION - NEW YORK, NY
Dumbo, located in Brooklyn, New York, has become an area of "repurpose" after its decline as a trading port. The surrounding buildings in our site were all built for a different function than what they are being used for today. Our goal was to build a museum using concrete masonry in a new or interesting way. The program asked for a museum for the Brooklyn Bridge's history and construction documents. The first "shell" of my project - created out of porous concrete - represents the ruins of the past, which is inhabited by a contemporary glass box that gains form and function from the first shell.
This design concept represents a change in program and reliance on buildings designed for other uses that occurs throughout the area. This is especially similar to the relationship between the Hudson River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The relationship between the aging bridge and the constantly modernizing city is represented in the concept of this building. Both the old and the new are needed for the city to function, as well as for the museum design to function. The interior of the building is comprised of terraced floor plates that interact with each other on a visual level and a physical level once the central atrium is crossed. The entire museum can be experienced in one helix staircase that gets larger as you move upward in the space. This allows natural light into the center of the building, while also allowing the user to expand and experience more of the exhibits and building itself as they move upward.