Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2016-2022

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Process

The project is located on the Gowanus Canal between Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope. Built in 1904, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Power Station supported Brooklyn’s expanding transit system. Decommissioned in the 1950s, half of the original structure – the Boiler House – was demolished, leaving the Turbine Hall to stand by itself.

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In the late twentieth century, the remaining structure became a destination for local graffiti artists, and it earned the nickname of “the Batcave.” Subsequently, the Gowanus Canal was designated a Superfund site in 2010 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, identifying it as a candidate for remediation.

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The industrial landscape and history of the site play a pivotal role: the project reinterprets the historic Boiler House by reinstating its mass and re-establishing its relationship with the existing Turbine Hall.

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The reinstated Boiler House bears on the existing, historic foundations, minimizing further site excavations. The Turbine Hall is preserved – stabilized and strategically repaired – and its historic layers are integrated into the new manufacturing facility.

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The Boiler House’s concrete façade responds to the existing masonry shell of the Turbine Hall and provides a durable and straightforward envelope for the addition. The historic, punched openings of the Turbine Hall are incorporated into the Boiler House envelope, and the openings of both buildings are filled with new windows.

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By preserving, restoring, and reconstructing essential elements of the original power station, such as the masonry facade, the project strengthens the building’s industrial character and its relationship to the immediate urban context.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
Powerhouse Environmental Arts
Planning
Design Consultant : Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, Basel, Switzerland
Executive Architect : Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, New York, New York, USA
Structural Engineering: Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers, New York, New York, USA
MEP Engineering: Buro Happold Engineering, New York, New York, USA
Cost Consulting: Stuart-Lynn Company, New York, New York, USA
Landscape Architect (Waterfront): Ken Smith Workshop, New York, New York, USA
Construction Management: Urban Atelier Group, New York, New York, USA
Specialist / Consulting
Concrete Consulting: Reg Hough Associates, Freehold, New Jersey, USA
Facade Consulting: Eckersley O'Callaghan, New York, New York, USA
Lighting Consulting: Tillotson Design Associates, New York, New York, USA
Traffic Consulting: Philip Habib and Associates, New York, New York, USA
Civil Engineering: Philip Habib and Associates, New York, New York, USA
Geotechnic Consulting: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, New York, New York, USA
Environmental Engineering: Roux Associates, Islandia, New York, USA
Fire Protection Consulting: Cosentini Associates, New York, New York, USA
Vertical Circulation Consulting: Van Deusen and Associates, New York, New York, USA
Building Code Consulting: Metropolis Group, New York, New York, USA
Industrial Hygiene: Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., New York, New York, USA
Other: Gordon Air Quality Consultants, Billerica, Massachusetts, USA
Masonry Restoration (planning): ICR-ICC, New York, New York, USA
Masonry Restoration (implementation): Eugene Architecture, New York, New York, USA
Acoustic Consulting: Longman Lindsey, New York, New York, USA
IT Consulting: Shen Milsom & Wilke, New York, New York, USA
Surveyor: Building Survey Corporation, Carle Place, New York, USA
Surveyor: Perfect Point Land Surveying, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Theatre Consulting: Charcoalblue, New York, New York, USA
Contractors
Concrete Works: Structure Tech NY, New York, New York, USA
Steel Construction : Maspeth Welding, Maspeth, New York, USA
Facade Restoration: New Roc Contracting, Fort Lee, New York, USA
Aluminum Windows: STNY Curtainwalls, New York, New York, USA
Excavation & Environmental Remediation: Darcon Construction, Elmont, New York, USA
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning: Eastern Air Inc., Brownstown, Pennsylvania, USA
Plumbing Works: Donato Plumbing, Inc, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Electrical Installations: Centrifugal Electric, LLC, New York, New York, USA
Lighting Fixtures: Chelsea Lighting, New York, New York, USA
Lighting Fixtures: Litelab, Buffalo, New York, USA
Masonry: Bunlin LLC, Sunnyside, New York, USA
Architectural Millwork: PGS Millwork, Inc., Hudson, New York, USA
Floor Finishes: Grayfox Flooring, New York, New York, USA
Prefabricated Metal Construction: Workspace 11, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Prefabricated Metal Construction: CMG, New York, New York, USA
Exterior Metalworks: PG New York, Yonkers, New York, USA
Interior Metalworks: Tetra, Staten Island, New York, USA
Metal Doors : Long Island Fireproof Door, Flushing, New York, USA
Building Data
Site Area: 108'725 sqft, 10'100 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 175'130 sqft, 16'270 sqm
GFA above ground: 146'695 sqft, 13'628 sqm
GFA below ground: 28'435 sqft, 2'641 sqm
Net floor area: 110'575 sqft, 10'272 sqm
Outside Facilities: 74'375 sqft, 6'909 sqm
Number of levels: 6
Footprint: 34'350 sqft, 3'191 sqm
Length: 188 ft, 57 m
Width: 180 ft, 54 m
Height: 128 ft, 39 m
Gross volume (GV): 3'248'550 cbft, 91'988 cbm
Facade surface: 78'530 sqft, 7'295 sqm
Links
Powerhouse Arts