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HARLEM EDGE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - USA

PROGRAM: GREENHOUSE, CLASSROOMS, OFFICES
AREA: 32,300ft² (3000m²)
CONSTRUCTION COST: CONFIDENTIAL
STATUS: COMPETITION (3RD PRIZE)

DESIGN TEAM: GUIDO ELGUETA, RYAN DOYLE, TYLER KAIN

As efficiency and new societal demands force the evolution of our infrastructural landscape we are consistently constructing new means to service our culture with its fundamental needs. In addition to energy and new virgin resources, the victims of this course of natural selection are often the preceding installations that have lived out their usefulness. The route of demolition and wholesale replacement may have a certain degree of ease when it comes to the planning process, but it creates a missed opportunity in not realizing and capitalizing on the latent energy and lifecycle costs of our existing, retired utilities.

Dubbed “Harlem Harvest”, this theoretical project was charged with exploring a new life for an existing waste transfer station in New York City. The design combines a new bike storage facility, a new kindergarten school and a vertical farming greenhouse, garnished by new floating community garden plots lining the coast. As our proficiency with mixed-use buildings develops we are becoming more aware that the ecology of programs (architect for “uses”) integrated together in a building is just as important as the series of systems needed to make the building function.