New York design studio New Associates and architect and historian Samuel Stewart-Halevy have created a prototype of their Testbeds challenge, which repurposes architectural fashions used for big tasks.
Initially introduced in 2020, the staff has accomplished a backyard shed, greenhouse and neighborhood house within the New York Metropolis borough of Queens that was made partly from a mannequin created for a luxurious condominium in Tribeca.
Architectural fashions are utilized in many massive building tasks for design overview. They’re typically made to the identical normal because the buildings they’re modelling and are often disposed of after the constructing is full.
New Associates and Steward Halevy noticed a chance to attempt to use these fashions to interchange public buildings in Queens, which they seen have been typically in disrepair.
“By relocating mockups to area people gardens, we imagined a brand new type of Manhattan switch,” mentioned the staff.
“Right here the mockup turns into a automobile, carrying the excess worth of New York’s high-rise structure into neighborhoods which have been traditionally disinvested whereas bringing the picture of the rising metropolis all the way down to the bottom,” it added, noting that this was solely certainly one of many potential makes use of for the mockups.
Situated in Backyard by the Bay in Edgemere and accomplished late final yr, the shed repurposed the darkish facade of the Tribeca constructing and used it as a structural wall for the first envelope.
The mockup was initially put in in a showroom for the condominium and consists of 4 customized concrete panels and a big glass window.
The staff labored with the New York Metropolis Division of Parks and Recreation’s GreenThumb, an arm of the company that promotes civic programming, to position the mockup within the centre of the city backyard.
“The challenge entails many leaps of religion,” the staff informed Dezeen. “After we first approached the Parks Division, the builders, the engineers and the neighborhood members, we at all times anticipated encountering extra skepticism.”
“We have been delighted on the enthusiasm and generosity with which everybody, together with Cape Advisors, responded,” referring to the developer for 30 Warren, the Tribeca condominium for which the mockup was made.
A gabled timber body was suspended over the mockup, connecting it to an adjoining greenhouse that has a cinderblock basis and polycarbonate partitions.
Between the mockup and greenhouse is an open house that’s lined by a big steel sheet that was positioned over the wood body to function a roof.
The staff hopes to broaden on the challenge by creating a lot of related buildings in New York Metropolis’s outer boroughs.
New Associates is led by Ivi Diamantopoulou and Jaffer Kolb and acquired AIA New York’s New Practices award in 2020.
Samuel Stewart-Halevy is a doctoral candidate at Columbia College.
Different tasks that repurpose buildings embody RSDA’s repurposing of transport containers for buildings on a farm in India.
The images is by Michael Vahrenwald.