Under One Roof
The proposal is located at Bush Terminal, a historic intermodal shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing complex that prospered at one point due to its proximity to the water. The proposal consists of three projects that focus on the factory as a complex. They are distributed across the area and, from an urbanistic point of view, they try to revive the defunct rail line into a new green spine. The spine acts as a connecting element between them, thus a linked workflow between the projects is created. The aim is to bring back the intermodal complex that used to exist but also the urban regeneration of the area. The projects explore and respond to the site by sharing the concept of “under one roof”, using the roof as a main performative element with different activations of roof and ground.
The first part of the proposal refers to a rubber recycling factory whose architecture opposes the ordinary factory and its conservative organization of workflows. The products produced are rubber crumbs, rubber membranes, and rubber tiles. It’s a building made out of a steel structure and glass that unveils different aspects of the manufacturing processes to the public. The proposal follows the logic of boxes inside a box. A large suspended roof defines underneath a series of sculptural volumes that organize the workflow, and the space creating connections and relations among the manufacturing processes. The plan represents a ground of flows. The volumes that exceed the perimeter of the building function as inputs (importing raw materials) and outputs (distribution of final products). Within the built form, four green voids are located. They afford daylight and natural ventilation, and they can harvest rainwater and surface water as a part of the building’s water recycling system. On the rooftop, a green landscape connects the roof with the level inside the space frame, thus creating an integration of public spaces, administration/office spaces, and manufacturing processes. This hybrid building develops a new factory model in the area of Bush Terminal that relocates the public realm to the top and covers under one roof volumes that emerge from the ground. It’s a factory that is integrated into society, not segregated.