All images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed plans for a New York police station to be constructed in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. The 40th precinct station is intended to serve the various needs of the NYPD, while strengthening the district’s commitment to community policing. The structure appears as a stack of large bricks, a design which references the rusticated bases of early New York police stations. Each individual volume contains a specific element of the internal program, and is topped with a green roof.
Internally, the building includes amenities that encourage dialogue with the community, while providing dedicated space for police officers to both train and unwind. A first of its kind multipurpose space forms a community room with its own street level entrance, containing information kiosks and areas to host classes or events. All entrances and circulation routes are oriented towards a central atrium, which allows visual relationships to be maintained between floors. Clerestory windows at the upper level bring daylight into the building’s core. Perimeter walls are made from sandblasted precast concrete panels, while setback façades are composed of polished concrete and reflective surfaces.