INDUSTRY CITY. BROOKLYN
CLIENT: Jamestown. SCOPE OF WORK: Master planning. Adaptive reuse. Architecture. Interior design. SIZE: 6.5 M SF. LOCATION: Brooklyn. New York. STATUS: First phase: built. Second phase: under construction.
TEAM: Master Plan Design Principal in Charge: John Clifford, S9 Architecture. Master Plan Principal in Charge: Stanton Eckstut, Perkins Eastman.
S9 Architecture led the conversion of a former distribution facility along the Brooklyn waterfront into Industry City, a hotbed for innovation, collaboration, and community that’s reinventing urban manufacturing for the 21st century. Developer Jamestown Properties envisioned Industry City as an ecosystem of innovation, a synergistic space where New York City’s makers, artisans, small businesses and digital enterprises could create and collaborate. S9 Architecture masterplanned the 30-acre, 6.5 million-sf campus in partnership with Perkins Eastman, and adapted its 16 industrial buildings for contemporary reuse. Industry City is now home to over 400 local businesses, anchor-scale retail tenants, an Innovation Lab providing job training in emerging industries, a 40,000-sf Food Hall, office space, and a training facility for the Brooklyn Nets.
Versatile light manufacturing space was created from the existing industrial-scale floor plates on the buildings’ upper floors, with retail and public amenities at street level. Innovation Alley, an experiential passageway framed with industrial ‘wickets’, connects the site’s primary finger-like buildings, and creates public courtyards and event spaces from the loading bays between them. Raised sidewalks along loading docks, safer crossings on busy Third Avenue, and an enhanced Second Avenue streetscape are human-scale, pedestrian-friendly modifications that improve circulation, link with public transportation, and leverage proximity to nearby Piers Park and the waterfront. The Food Hall provides a communal site for interaction among tenants, and a gourmet destination for area residents. Bold way-finding graphics evoke the complex’s neo-industrial ethos and create a strong sense of place, while connecting the disparate structures within the massive campus.
Industry City is the largest of several innovation hubs along Brooklyn’s re-developed waterfront. Its prime industrial infrastructure and diverse network of creators and entrepreneurs have generated 6,000 local jobs, with a long-term goal of bringing 20,000 manufacturing and tech jobs back to New York City by 2025.
AIA OCULUS MAGAZINE
MAY 26, 2016
" Industry City’s buildings were originally designed with a great deal of operational specificity. Configured as a series of Ushaped, block-long structures designed to receive rail freight in the central courtyard and ship via horse-drawn street carts, and eventually trucks on the exterior streets, the architecture is imbued with an infrastructural logic that gives it grain and character. (...) Today this campus structure is being re imagined by Industry City through a number of public-realm improvements, including communal courtyards, each uniquely designed to cater to different uses and activities, and “Innovation Alley,” a central north-south cross-building circulation spine designed by S9 Architecture that connects tenant communal spaces and amenities. " -- Gregory J. Haley