City of Yonkers Fire Station 1
Located in the Getty Square neighorhood of Yonkers, New York, the new City of Yonkers Fire Station 1 will serve the various needs of the Yonkers Fire Department while strengthening the department’s commitment to public service. For this new ground-up project, SBLM Architects proposes a unique form derived from the building’s basic requirements and site relationships. The building’s arrangement maximizes efficient site circulation while opening opportunities for accessibility.
[Process] Detail development
Millions of small vents are bored from the street surface through to the ceiling of a subway platform. Each vent is then fitted with a temperature sensing assembly where the blades of a vertical axis turbine provide the surface area to function as a contact thermometer. LED's that puncture the ceiling become the performative units of the array as they are programmed to shift color to a corresponding temperature. Seen from afar the overall experience of local temperature fluctuations creates waves across the system.
"The Stretched Tower", a brief posed by the monthly design competition PINarchitecture, asked participants to explore a means to liberate the reach of skyscrapers by counter-weighing the forces of gravity. "How might towers be designed differently when pulled from two opposing ends?" My sketch, "Inverted Skyscraper", is to construct towards the Earth from geosynchronous orbit.