East River Community Boathouse

New York, NY

Competition:  AIANY Emerging New York Architects

The competition looked to emerging architects to provide vision and guidance for an emerging community. Aiming for an architecture that inspires, that is not apologetic or hidden, it is important to create a building in harmony with the park, the inlet, and the industrial waterfront.  Undertaken with purpose and precision, the task of removing contaminated soil transforms the remnants of an industrial cleanup site into a generous setting for the Greenpoint waterway and park.

The boathouse rests on ironclad piers, with two wings outstretched above the water, dry storing boats along a conveyor system.   Announced by the rotation of the conveyor, those enjoying the park anticipate the arrival and departure of vessels. Balconies suspended above the great pool encourage encounters between the occupants of the community center and the passing boaters. From the tree-lined paths and park, café and rooftops, visitors are immersed in the pleasure and activity of boating, against panoramic views of Manhattan – the best of all worlds.