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  6. BIG Designs Bronx Station for New York Police Department

BIG Designs Bronx Station for New York Police Department

BIG Designs Bronx Station for New York Police Department
BIG Designs Bronx Station for New York Police Department, © BIG

The New York City Department of Design and Construction has commissioned BIG to design its new 40th Precinct Police Station in the Bronx's Melrose neighborhood. The first station to house a public multi-purpose room, the building aims to strengthen the department's relationship with the community, while reducing officer stress. 

"The 40th Precinct will also house a brand new piece of city program: the first ever community meeting room in a precinct. With its own street-level entrance, the multipurpose space will contain information kiosks and areas to hold classes or events, encouraging civic engagement with the precinct," says the architects. 


"BIG proposes a unique form derived from the building’s basic requirements, where individual volumes contain specific elements of program. From the outside, the 40th Precinct resembles a stack of bricks, referencing the rusticated bases of early NYC Police Stations.


"On the interior, the station is enhanced with amenities that encourage dialogue with the community while providing spaces for officers to reduce stress and promote physical activity. This includes the addition of an exercise courtyard with training areas and a climbing wall.


"The building also expresses the city’s commitment to environmental responsibility. It will be the first NYPD station with a green roof - using non-reflective materials such as sandblasted concrete to optimize the building’s energy performance - surpassing the requirements necessary for LEED Silver certification."

  • Architects

  • Location

    378 E 156th St, Bronx, NY 10455, USA
  • Partners In Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Beat Schenk, Daniel Sundlin, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leaders

    Liz McDonald, Sören Grünert
  • Project Architect

    Aran Coakley
  • Design Team

    Adam Sheraden, David Sharratt, Hsiao Rou Huang, Jacob Waas, Jennifer Ng, Kelli Reinhardt, Ku Hun Chung, Liyang Zhang, Peter Lee, Phillip MacDougall
  • Client

    NYC Department of Design & Construction
  • Collaborators

    Silman, Cosentini, DACK, Tillotson, Starr Whitehouse, Philip Habib, Carlin Simpson & Associates, The Friday Group, Cerami, CCI, Urban Arborists, The Facade Group, Prime Engineering
  • Area

    4180.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "BIG Designs Bronx Station for New York Police Department" 02 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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