An old factory in Hunts Point has been given new life as a colorful learning center for kids, thanks to the team over at WXY Studio. The Bronx Charter School for Arts was built using 80 percent repurposed materials, with the the biggest recycled piece being the façade. Though on a tight budget, WXY Studio was able to reinvent this space using cost-effective strategies and featuring some cool eco-friendly highlights.
While not officially landmarked, the Federal-style masonry building that formerly housed the Boyce Thompson Plant Institute has been part of the Yonkers landscape for nearly a century. After the institute relocated to the Cornell University campus in the late ’70s, the original location fell into disrepair, becoming an eyesore the city was anxious to remedy. Enter Simone Development, who welcomed the opportunity to purchase the property and conclude the city’s decades-long quest to find the right owner.
It looks like the city is one big step closer to getting its second elevated park. DNA Info reports that the state has just allocated nearly $444,000 to the design of the first phase of the QueensWay, an urban renewal project that would transform 3.5 miles of abandoned elevated railway into a park akin to the High Line. The money was awarded to the Trust for Public Land via Governor Cuomo’s $709.2 million Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The first phase will consist of the design of the “Northern Gateway,” which comprises a 1.5-mile-long stretch starting at Rego Park. The park is set to extend from Rego Park to Ozone Park.
Well, this gives a whole new meaning to the term “dumpster diving.” In Morningside Heights, at 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the New York-based architect John Locke, of the Department of Urban Betterment, has created “inflato dumpster,” a blow-up urban education classroom inside of a typical city dumpster.
The design team was inspired by the “contemporary fascination with transforming existing street structures into utilitarian spaces for habitation,” which led to their combining the seemingly invisible lightness of the inflatable material with the hard, gritty, steel dumpster.
Architect Andrew Franz is known for his nature-inspired designs, and he has successfully infused his signature aesthetic into the tranquil interior of this Tribeca home. Franz transformed a 19th century Manhattan soap factory into what is now a gorgeous example of adaptive reuse. The designer’s goal for this project was to create the feeling of being outdoors when inside the walls of the Romanesque Revival building, while also maintaining as much of the original structure as possible. By combining modern clean lines and open spaces with rustic wooden columns and raw brick walls, Franz creates a visual narrative celebrating the preservation of something old in the creation of something new and beautiful.