Denmark's prolific architecture firm BIG has been hired by the New York City Department of Design and Construction to create a new police station in the Bronx's Melrose neighborhood. The 40th Precinct Station will sport a green roof and is planned for LEED Silver certification.
Featuring a muscular and slightly futuristic-looking design, the 40th Precinct Station will comprise a series of stacked rectangular volumes organized around a central atrium. The building will be fronted by sandblasted concrete panels and polished concrete. Perforated metal panels will conceal equipment while still allowing airflow, and angled panels will surround the windows.
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Inside, the building will comprise a total floorspace of 4,180 sq m (44,993 sq ft). BIG is keen to promote the station's interaction with the citizenry, and it will feature a community meeting room with its own street-level entrance. The interior will also boast an exercise courtyard and training facilities, including a climbing wall.
According to BIG, the 40th Precinct Station will be the first NYPD station with a green roof, and the firm aims for it to surpass LEED Silver (a green building standard) requirements, though we've no details on any further sustainable features at this early stage. The expected completion date has also not yet been revealed.