6th Borough, New York City, United States
At a glance
Welcoming millions of visitors during the 2014 Clean Tech World Expo, the Hunters Point site will create a unique destination and gateway within the Blue Network for visitors to experience green city living and working on the waterfront.
CLEANTECH CITY WATERFRONT PROPOSAL: Water as the sixth borough
Local industry, coupled with the waterfront pavilions, will provide a canvas for the industries to develop and research amongst a waterfront town. The fingers of the new pavilions extending into the East River rise from the water to define a new pier and edge for the 6th Borough, whilst respecting and enhancing the existing interaction with wildlife and recreational activities.
The Transit Hub pavilions extend like arms reaching into the river, and will collect visitors and tidal, wind and solar energy, and create new piers for the 6th Borough that recieve a constant flow of human and environmental energies. The forms of the pavilions are rising piers that will wrap around the various industries exhibiting and working within. The reaching out into East River reinstates a pier type that now accepts energy and people as the delivered cargo as well as acting as a traditional pier for the existing maritime industries local to the area. The pier structure then becomes the enclosing form for the designated industry within Clean Tech zone.
The series of pavilions for the ‘Cleantech Industry City’ are a series of undulating extensions of piers reaching into the East River that become the threshold between land and water. The reconnection with the shoreline establishes the once busy industrial relationship of dock side piers with the working river.
The reaching into the river by the pivotal piers will also harness tidal energy from the river current and encourage the human flow of visitors to explore the shoreline and experience the event spaces between the pavilions.
ENERGY STRATEGY FOR THE PAVILIONS
The principle aim of the making the pavilions self-sustaining is to minimise the required input of energy from the grid at the ‘high demand-low supply’ periods, e.g. winter time. During the spring, summer and autumnal months of higher energy supply and lower demand the intention is that the buildings can offset these incurred costs by feeding back into the grid.