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."
Location378 E 156th St, Bronx, NY 10455, USA
Partners In ChargeBjarke Ingels, Beat Schenk, Daniel Sundlin, Thomas Christoffersen
Project LeadersLiz McDonald, Sören Grünert
Project ArchitectAran Coakley
Design TeamAdam Sheraden, David Sharratt, Hsiao Rou Huang, Jacob Waas, Jennifer Ng, Kelli Reinhardt, Ku Hun Chung, Liyang Zhang, Peter Lee, Phillip MacDougall
ClientNYC Department of Design & Construction
CollaboratorsSilman, Cosentini, DACK, Tillotson, Starr Whitehouse, Philip Habib, Carlin Simpson & Associates, The Friday Group, Cerami, CCI, Urban Arborists, The Facade Group, Prime Engineering