Starchitect Bjarke Ingels's latest project is taking him to the Bronx to the 40th Police Precinct to be precise. Ingels has been chosen to develop a new station located in Melrose, The Architect's Newspaper reports. The project will be constructed at an estimated cost of $50 million, according to the city's Department of Design and Construction, which is the agency responsible for handing out contracts for public projects such as this one.
The design of the building resembles a stack of bricks, and is meant to hark back to what the earliest police stations looked like, according to a description of the project on the BIG website.
The construction of this 43,500-square foot project also marks several firsts. It will be the first NYPD station to have a green roof. Non-reflective materials such as sandblasted concrete will be used to enhance the building's energy performance and in turn help it reach LEED silver certification. The precinct will also have the first ever community meeting room located within the precinct itself. This space will have its own street-level entrance, include information kiosks, and space to hold classes. Other features of the project include a courtyard with a training area and climbing walls.
The current 40th precinct is located at 257 Alexander Avenue. The precinct oversees the neighborhoods of Port Morris, Mott Haven, and Melrose. The 40th Precinct's new home is expected to be complete sometime in 2020. Curbed has reached out to the DDC for a clarification on the location of the project.