Groen Hoek: The East River Community Boathouse Competition

International architecture and landscape competition.
Groen Hoek, the East River community Boathouse Competition was an open international competition to design a boathouse and its environment, for the community of Greenpoint in Brooklyn, New York. It was held in 2004, initiated by de New York chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.

  • Address : Franklin Avenue, Bushwick Creek Inlet
  • Region : NY
  • Area : 8,1
  • GPS X : -77.519531250000000000
  • GPS Y : 42.940339233631830000
  • Project start : 2003
  • Project end : 2004
  • Implementation start : -
  • Implementation end : -
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  • Project Status : Competition scheme
  • Client : Brooklyn East River Community
  • Ownership : Public
  • Accessibility : Unrestricted areas
  • Project Team : Andrea BajuK, Pedro Calzavara, Horacio Flora, Alejandro Recoba, Veronica Rossi
  • Notes : Groen Hoek: The East River community Boathouse Competition. COMPETITION WINNER / FIRST PRIZE: Authors Andrea Bajuk Pedro Calzavara Horacio Flora Alejandro Recoba Veronica Rossi JURY Keller Easterling Yale University Jefferson Ellinger Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Ellinger / Yehia Design Lauri Firstenburg Critic and Curator: Artist Space, NY Tom Hall Founding Member, East River Kayak Club William Massie Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - MassieArchitecture Margie Ruddick University of Pennsylvania - Margie Ruddick Landscape Peter Zellner Southern California Institute of Architecture MODERATOR: James Lima, President, Governors Island Preservations and Education Corporation ORGANIZED BY AIA American Institute of Architects EXHIBITION: CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE 536 LaGuardia Place (Between Bleecker and W. 3RD STREETS) NEW YORK CITY From February 5 to March 27, 2004 PARTICIPANTS 500 registered 370 proposals from 34 countries OBJECTIVE: Retrieve an enclave on the waterfront on the East River to the community of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, building a prolific sea-river history, inherent natural and human resources in a city that evolves. The winning projects were chosen by a panel of architects, design professionals and local community members for their exemplary attention to the subtleties of the site, program requirements and local social demands. All proposals captured the vitality of Greenpoint and drew attention internationally on an undervalued area of the city of New York as well as proposed new alternatives for the renovation of the waterfront as public space. PROJECT TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Listing Total area: 81.000mc (includes surface inlet) Usable 53.000mc Public use Park green + platform standby sector Total area: 51.000mc Kayak+boat / Club and school Indoor Private area: 1670 m2 Indoor public area: 2900 m2 Program: Boat building Boat Storage Platforms/washing instruction areas Changing rooms and ancillary services Office area Community Hall Cafe Bird observation platform / sports / urban
  • Brief Description : Located in Brooklyn on the East River, site is defined by the skyline of Manhattan and emblematic buildings, such as the Empire State. This is a place affected by domain conflicts, by environmental degradation and isolation.
    In 2004 it was held an international architectural competition focused on this undervalued area of New York city, which was about to initiate a transformation process (Bushwick Creek inlet at Greenpoint neighborhood, Brooklyn).
    The project emphasizes on landscape construction more than on producing a specific architecture. It consists of a "green platform", a delicate topography, an urban scale garden that make possible new visions upon Manhattan.
  • Project Name : Original : Groen Hoek: The East River Community Boathouse Competition
  • Type : Parks, Waterfronts
  • Image Title : General view towards Manhattan
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