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26 Oct 2009

121st Police Precinct Station House

Location: Staten Island, New York, USA
2011
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Staten Island Police Precinct
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RAFAEL VIÑOLY ARCHITECTS’ 121st POLICE PRECINCT STATION HOUSE OFFICIALLY BREAKS GROUND

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony

NEW YORK (October 23, 2009) – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined New York Police Department Commissioner Ray W. Kelly, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David J. Burney FAIA along with Staten Island elected officials yesterday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 121st Police Precinct Station House. This building will function as the headquarters of Staten Island’s first new police precinct in decades. Responding to the borough’s rapidly growing population, the 121st Police Precinct will fill the need of an expanded law enforcement presence, cutting response times and relieving the workload of existing precincts. The 121st Precinct Station House is a model for green design, as it seeks to achieve LEED Silver certification. It will be the first police facility in the city so designated under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 sustainable design initiative.

The 121st Police Precinct Station House’s design responds to the challenges of an irregular site with two distinct building volumes: a two-story linear bar, gently arcing in plan and gradually increasing in height as it approaches the commercial district of Richmond Avenue, and a separate one-story volume where the site flares outward to the south. The second floor cantilevers over toward Richmond Avenue symbolically reaching out to engage the community. This cantilever defines the main entrance and creates a visual link between the main lobby and Richmond Avenue.

The Station House’s two building masses are distinguished by varied heights, differing surface treatments-horizontal stainless steel cladding on the long bar, gray brick on the one-story volume-and a skylight over the interstitial space between them. The long bar structure also shields the residential neighbourhood to the north from the police parking lot to the south. Outdoor mechanical services are concealed within the form, integrated into an enclosure clad in the same stainless steel.

Acting as a model for buildings within the city of New York, the 121st Precinct incorporates a number of green building techniques. Site-related interventions such as brownfield reclamation, stormwater management, bio-retention areas, and drought-resistant landscaping are all in evidence and the east-west orientation of the building is ideal for energy conservation.

12 Jun 2008

Major Approval Received for Design of the 121st Police Precinct Stationhouse on Staten Island, New York

Scheduled to Be the First LEED Police Facility in the City

Rafael Viñoly Architects PC’s design for Staten Island’s 121st Police Precinct Stationhouse has been approved by the Art Commission of the City of New York. The nearly 49,000-square-foot building, commissioned by the New York City Police Department and the Department of Design and Construction, seeks LEED Silver certification, which, under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 sustainable design initiative, will make it the first police facility in the city to achieve this designation.

Staten Island is the city’s fastest-growing borough in population, necessitating a greater law enforcement presence. The new stationhouse, located on Richmond Avenue in the Graniteville neighborhood, will reduce the response times and relieve the workloads of the island’s two existing precincts. The goal of the design was to satisfy the Police Department’s functional requirements while evoking pride and confidence among local residents.

Designed for an irregular site, the linear structure emerges naturally from the landscape, connecting nearby residential neighborhoods to commercial corridors. Its ninety-foot cantilevered second floor canopies over the entrance’s wide concrete steps and landscaped approach, reaching out to the street and community beyond. The stationhouse offers substantial work areas, holding cells, on-site outdoor parking for 108 cars, and its own vehicle fueling station.

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ project director for the building is Fred Wilmers, who also led the firm’s recently-opened Bronx County Hall of Justice project team. Scheduled for bid opening in October, construction will begin in March 2009.

121st Police Precinct Stationhouse
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Staten Island Police Precinct Stationhouse New York info from ING 120608

Staten Island Building architect : Rafael Vinoly


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