Garrison Architects Showcases New Post Disaster Urban Interim Housing Prototype for NYC
Garrison Architects is showcasing a new post disaster urban interim housing prototype for this year's BKLYN Designs festival. Designed for the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the prototype has been installed just a few blocks from St. Ann’s warehouse so that visitors to the DUMBO event can see it for themselves. The three-unit prefabricated structure will provide a test site for a final model that will provide displaced city residents shelter in the event of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster, but ultimately, these units are designed for us in urban environments across the United States.
Garrison Architects is the group behind the flood-proof, prefab lifeguard stations, comfort stations and offices installed to replace those destroyed on NYC beaches hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. While we found the resulting pods to be well-lit, ventilated, and aesthetically pleasing, the design firm was forced to rush through the project in order to complete the prefab pods in time for Memorial Day Weekend in 2013 and problems subsequently arose. This situation will be alleviated with the prototypical modular homes that will be on view to the public during BKLYN Designs.
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The multi-story, multi-family unit is 12-feet wide by 40-feet long, and was preassembled and pre-furnished offsite. It went up in a mere two days - a crucial element for interim housing in an emergency situation. They can also be equipped with photovoltaic panels, which will not only alleviate pressure on the city grid, but also ensure the units are self-sustaining. The comfortably spacious interim housing unit also has a balcony that helps to mitigate solar heat gain, and large windows promote plenty of natural light and ventilation. Be sure to stop by for a preview of the prototypical housing and for a peak at all kinds of other design genius at BKLYN Designs 2014.
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