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LULU Hits the Streets
A sanitation garage shows how to make a Locally Undesirable Land Use...desirable
B Y J A N ET A DA MS S TRO N G, P H .D.
anitation garages rank among the least-loved building
types, typically served by bulky structures so functionally
constrained as to preclude any art in their architecture. That formula was trashed in the new Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage
(M1/2/5 Garage), co-designed by Dattner Architects and WXY
Architecture + Urban Design.
Mike Friedlander, director of special projects at New York's
Department of Sanitation (DSNY), set the tone: "You can't build
a cheap, ugly building and just dismiss it as a sanitation facility.
What does that say about the department? About its attitude
toward the city? We have to do the best building in the neighborhood, not only visually, but how it fits in, how people feel
walking by it."
The project began in 1998 when DSNY had to vacate the new
Hudson River Park. The search for a two-acre replacement site
led to a UPS parking lot on Spring Street and the creation of an
innovative industrial condominium, whereby UPS owns and
occupies ground-level parking, while the city owns and occupies a newly built five-story garage. For increased efficiency and
reduced overall impact and cost, the shared facility serves Man32
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hattan Community Districts 1, 2, and 5. An outmoded DSNY
garage on an adjacent block will be replaced by a sculptural salt
shed, also by Dattner and WXY. Both facilities are ideally located
so that sanitation trucks and plows, part of the city's emergency
response team, can fan out from the West Side Highway.
SoHo residents fiercely resisted the "Garbage Garage" and
the odor, noise, and reduced property values it threatened. Paul
Bauer, AIA, LEED AP, principal-in-charge for Dattner, remained confident: "It's a parking garage. Once people realize no
trucks are parked on the street and no garbage is stored on site,
they'll forget their fears and embrace this urbane building and
streetscape." Indeed: the garage has become a positive selling
point for nearby luxury residential buildings.
The garage's five façades include a green roof with an enclosed mechanical penthouse to protect neighbors from noise
and unsightly views. The ventilation system draws fresh air from
a roof monitor and exhausts through separate ductwork to the
west, away from the community. To further reduce emissions,
Con Edison specially extended its steam network; no fossil fuels
are burned on site for heating or cooling.
Changing Skyline/Evolving Streets
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2014
First Words: Letter from Two Presidents - Vision and Transition
Letter from the Editor - Tall Is as Tall Does
Center for Architecture - Center Highlights
One Block Over - Not All High Line Highlights Are On the Skyline: As a “museum of architecture” rises along the lush, elevated park, some streetscapes are coming to life
Opener: Of Sidewalks and Skylines
Hello, We’re at a Place Called Vertigo - 57th Street is sprouting residential supertalls. With great height comes great expectations. What aspects of these buildings earn so much of the sky?
Tower at the Crossroads - One Vanderbilt sculpts its top and bottom to trade additional floors for street-level amenity
The Mid-block Move - Side streets aren’t just for background buildings anymore
In Step with the Neighborhood - The new BAM South development is designed with equal attention to Downtown Brooklyn’s skyline and streetlevel civic space
LULU Hits the Streets - A sanitation garage shows how to make a Locally Undesirable Land Use...desirable
Just Another Messy Urban Neighborhood - Remarkable simply for being normal, Melrose Commons flourishes where the Bronx once burned
New Practices New York 2014 - Farms, think tanks, sausages, and nomadic operations – just some of the things these young design firms are focusing on
In Print - How Paris Became Paris: The Inventio
80-Year Watch - Le Corbusier’s first sight of Manhattan’s skyscrapers evoked a controversial yet prophetic response
Last Words - Hit the Road
Index to Advertisers - Alphabetical & Categorical Index
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