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1100 Architect

Brooklyn Detention Center

Building type
justice, punishment, police, military
building project
material façade
architect award
2012 AIA NY Chapter Design Awards
Unbuilt Work Merit
Brooklyn, NY  2010

The 1100 Architect / RicciGreene Associates Joint Venture proposed renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn Detention Center (BDC) would transform the aging jail into a state-of-the-art, 21st-century civic landmark. The design is informed by five key factors: creating a building of design excellence and high performance energy efficiency; replacing an artifact from another era with a new paradigm in Brooklyn’s civic and commercial center; addressing key concerns of the neighboring community; introducing best practices to provide humane, normative environments for detainees; and providing a safe and secure environment, both inside the building and within the urban context. The design is a carefully balanced composition, juxtaposing the lightness of the glass curtain wall with the mass of perforated concrete volumes to provide maximum light, air, and security throughout the building.

Sustainability is a key component of the design. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, green elements explored include a green roof, water conservation, and energy efficient climate control. Incorporating high-performance, sustainable strategies would provide environmental benefits for the Brooklyn community and long-term operational cost savings for the City of New York.

AIA NY Chapter, Merit Award - Unbuilt Work, 2012

Visualization: © VIZE / Courtesy of 1100 Architect/Ricci Greene Associates Joint Venture