Brooklyn Bridge Park Building, Pier 5

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Building

Pier 5 Recreational Building, New York – design by JCDA

11 Aug 2009

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Pier 5 Recreational Building : Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Design: James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.

The Pier 5 Recreational Building, a multiuse recreation building, is a vital element of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Master Plan, an activity beacon offering space for sports and community events year round and acting as a landmark within the park, visible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and Lower Manhattan. The building’s location on Pier 5 will bring life and activity to the south end of the park, and its adjacency to the Joralemon Street and Atlantic Avenue entries will ensure convenient access to the facility by the public.

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The structural and transparent properties of soap bubbles are an important point of reference for the Brooklyn Bridge Park roof concept (Soap bubble having the shape of a spherical segment (3/4 sphere on a rigid circular boundary)).

The delicate structure of the steel building frame is designed to withstand external natural forces without adding additional pile supports to the pier, while the enclosing skin has been specifically designed to optimize and control solar conditions, prevailing winds and dramatic views of the harbor and Lower Manhattan at the activities of the harbor. The horizontal steel roof trusses span 220′ with a 10′ depth at the mid-span, maintaining an extremely slender profile in elevation in order to maximize ball clearance. The west and east walls are highly transparent insulated glass units that allow extraordinary views into and out of the building’s envelope, and the north and south walls are translucent planes that glow with diffused light in the interior during the day and on the exterior at night. This simple direct building form is complimented by the flexibility of its program and the dynamic nature of its enclosing skin.

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Alternatives to conventional products and intelligent use of traditional, low cost materials, and in particular new development with plastics in the form of foams, films and sheeting, has allowed us to build lighter and more cost effectively. To achieve a quality of lightness, transparency and translucency we will employ ETFE foil sheeting, polycarbonate wall extrusion, cellulose corrugated insulation, glass fiber reinforced fabrics, PVC sheeting and a synthetic polygon playing field to achieve a lightweight, durable and low maintenance building.

Pier 5 Recreational Building – Brooklyn Bridge Park – Building Information

Date: 2003-
Area: 200′ x 350′ x 40′
Location: Pier 5, Brooklyn, NY

Client: Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Structural Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Engineer: Icor Associates
Climate Engineer: Transsolar

Pier 5 Recreational Building Brooklyn images / information from James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.


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