A weird new structure has been rising on the Meatpacking District waterfront at the end of Pier 53 on the north side of the trashy Gansevoort Peninsula. Wonder no more about its mysterious origins: It's a new home for Marine 1, the FDNY unit that patrols the coast. The $11 million building designed by CR Studio replaces a wobbly old wooden stationhouse that was demolished in the summer of 2008, and will include a staging area for fireboats, communal space for the company and "more intimate space for rest and bathing." It's being built tall so that the mechanicals are up high, well above any rising flood waters. The facade will be wrapped in a skin of zinc, designed to be both durable and low-maintenance. The FDNY crew moved downriver to Pier 40 while Marine 1's new stationhouse goes up, and original plans from April 2008 called for the company's return to Pier 53 after 22 months, meaning they should have been back home last month. Seems they're running a bit late; no doubt their response time is quick as ever.
· Projects - Marine Company 1 [CR Studio]
· Marine Company 1 [marine1fdny.com]
· Waterfront Firehouse Demolished Before Anyone Got Wise [Curbed]