• August 2, 2012
  • 10:09 am
  • Ballpoint pens are good sketching tools believe it or not.
    
Site aerial for the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.
    Rendered site plan for the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.
    Rendered section of the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s design took on a site with limited access points, a narrow overall width, extreme noise pollution from the adjacent elevated highway, a complex structural waterline condition, and a goal of capturing and recycling stormwater. Excess stormwater is collected from buildings, paved areas, lawns, and planting areas, conveyed into underground tanks, and then cycled through rain gardens, supporting and being cleansed by a lush swath of rain-garden planting. This runoff collection system, in conjunction with the increased use of water-absorbing lawn and planted areas, dramatically curtails the discharge of stormwater runoff into city systems and lowers the likelihood of combined sewer overflow.
    

Photo of The Brick Pit Ring (2005) by Durbach Block Architects in Australia.

The brick pit is the last tangible evidence of a vast working industry at Homebush Bay. It is archetypal and primitive, raw, stripped and modified. The brick pit is first a place of extraordinary human endeavor, arrested. It is a portrait of land disturbance through use…
The steel structure is a slender and delicate intervention within the massive roughness of the pit. A braced cruciform structure comprising a series of improbably thin, flat steel members lightly touch the base. This attenuated structure appears to tip toe across this fragile site. The cruciform is capable of adjusting to the idiosyncrasies of the base terrain: extending the supports to the foundation of the reservoir or straightening to avoid a frog pond. Whilst the ring section opens outwards to the site, the bridge sections are enclosed and muted.
    
Photo of The Brick Pit Ring (2005) by Durbach Block Architects in Australia.
    Drawing of The Brick Pit Ring (2005) by Durbach Block Architects in Australia.
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  • 10:03 am
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