Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for a police station in the Bronx that’s not only environmentally friendly, but will also be the NYPD’s first-ever green-roofed station. Located in the borough's Melrose neighborhood, the new 40th Precinct Station will strengthen both the NYPD’s commitment to community policing and the city’s commitment to environmental sustainability. In addition to the green roof, the building will be designed with other energy-saving features to meet LEED Silver certification.
Located on the corner of St. Ann’s Avenue and E 149th St., the eye-catching 43,000-square-foot 40th Precinct Station resembles a stack of staggered bricks, which BIG says references “the rusticated bases of early NYC Police Stations.” The facade’s solid perimeter walls will be built from non-reflective sandblasted, pre-cast concrete to optimize the building’s energy performance, while the setback facades will be made from polished concrete for visual interest. Each individual volume will be topped with a sedum green roof and include long clerestory windows that let in natural light and are set back from the street for increased privacy and security.
The interior is organized around a central light-filled atrium, which allows for sightlines from the main desk to all floors. The precinct comprises 12 separate programs, each of which are represented by one of the block-like volumes. The volumes are arranged vertically around the atrium and are grouped according to the relationship between each program. One of the volumes houses a street-facing, publicly accessible community room, which is the first of its kind in the city and helps promote dialogue and transparency with the community. The station will also include exercise courtyards with training areas and a climbing wall for the police officers.
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