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Occupancy

May 2018

Location

Bronx, NY

Client

NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation

At the edge of an active 9.5-acre park on prime waterfront, Ferry Point Park offers unparalleled views of the East River, Long Island Sound, and the Manhattan skyline. The new 800 sf comfort station acts as a front porch facing both the waterfront views and overlooking fields for soccer and football, a children’s play area and pedestrian trails. The building is raised to accommodate the site’s location within a floodplain. The broad stairs invite sitting and picnicking, and the large curved roof frames a space that suggests a stage, welcoming park visitors to make the space their own.

The comfort station was designed as part of a NYC Parks Department Requirements Contract, among several small service structures in city parks throughout the five boroughs. Issues of durability/minimal maintenance, public safety, cost consciousness and energy efficiency were strong design determinants. The design uses utilitarian materials – standing seam and corrugated metal for their easy maintenance and low cost, but in a way that elevates them to reflect civic importance. The white building reflects the sky and serves as a background for seasonally changing plantings.

Photos by Pavel Bendov

Awards

Architecture MasterPrize, Honorable Mention - Small Architecture, 2018

Thornton Tomasetti (formerly Weidlinger Associates) – structural; Michael Wein, P.E. – civil; Richard S. Kessler, P.E. – geotech; Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP –  landscape architect; Callahan Consulting – expeditor; M.T. Peters – cost estimator