New Rochelle

SMART LANDSCAPE // The simultaneous cleaning up and inhabiting the site, immediately brought to mind the notion of a SMART LANDSCAPE.  Retaining the pollution, adding healthy soil, introducing storm water retention, and alternative energy through windmills will change this industrial site into a productive landscape.  The landscape is articulated as a set of strips with different textures (grasses, plants, gravel, bushy strips, etc.), thus providing a stunning pattern and color shift in the landscape. Even more, a practical function lies in the ecological program: water retention, filtering, and storm water management are facilitated, while also providing a recreational function, the boardwalk connects an open air theatre, kajak landing, playgrounds and sports. The landscape also extends onto the buildings in the form of vertical gardens and green roofs.

 

MATERIALS & SYSTEMS - PREFAB HOUSING // The sustainable approach to the housing design employs an integrated systematic approach. The PREFAB HOUSING is fabricated from a combination of a high performance terra-cotta rain-screen system and an FSC certified natural wood siding, and features green roofs. The fact that it is built prefab will minimize material loss and allow for highly precise detailing and great cantilevers. The use of a highly recycled content warrantees a low environmental impact. A geothermal heating and cooling system provides an off-the-grid energy source, along with wind turbines and photo-voltaic walls on the south facades. To complement these systems, the buildings’ massing maximizes natural cross-ventilation as well as natural interior day lighting, while the ‘green zones’ provide natural summer shading. The slightly raised gardens contain a split-level private parking, which is directly accessible from ones own garden.

 

BOARDWALK AND RETHINKING THE ARMORY // The SITE design was focused on fully engaging the waterfront setting and views. A new boardwalk negotiates the renovated seawall and surrounding restored wetlands, at once protecting and providing recreation. As it constantly negates the wall, it allows occupation safely behind and daringly suspended from the wall. The boardwalk occasionally widens to create platforms with steps along the waterfront, providing a viewing pier, an outdoor theatre, and a kajak landing. The staggering platforms, combined with a volumetric shifting of the boardwalk and seawall, result in a ‘special and spatial’ feel that transforms the coast into a series of unique public environments. The boardwalk thus connects the housing, the armory, and the park, while providing natural shading, and creating visual pleasure, maximum usability and accessibility.   The Armory, directly linked to the Boardwalk, gets a new function, an AERONAUTICAL seaplane museum and restaurant now occupy the once dilapidated site, where a new light perforated structure provides a new ceiling inside and an awning outside, thus diminishing the barrier between private / public and creating a new “light” atmosphere.  The outdoor terrace is always open and accessible, seated here, through the great hangar doors, one can get glimpses of the exiting exhibit showcasing the heroic past of New Rochelle.

 

CLIENT 

City of New Rochelle

PROJECT TYPE

Competition

LOCATION

New Rochelle, New York

AREA

127, 195 square feet 

PROJECT TEAM

Principal: Winka Dubbeldam Mithila Poojari, Fernando Herrera, Avra Tomara,Takanori Mizutani, Jang Hee Cho, Helena YunSTATUS   

 

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