The current proposal concerns the rehabilitation of a building in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York. Industry City, established as a manufacturing and distribution hub under the name Bush Terminal, transformed Brooklyn into a major international port – although after the 1960s, the city went through a 50-year period of decline.
Since 2010, many extensions and restorations have been proposed for the city, and on the occasion of this revitalization tendency, the reuse of one of the 16 shells of the complex is proposed. The former use of the building as offices and warehouses is being replaced by a range of different uses, such as residences, industries and shops, with the aim of creating an ecosystem where the residents will be able to prosper and cooperate.
The shell is treated as a contemporary monument/remnant from Industry City’s past, preserving as much of its original features as possible: bare concrete walls coexist with marble surfaces and metal elements, in an attempt to resuscitate, repurpose and revalue in harmony with the building’s environment and past.