Closing Bell: Architecture Students Envision Wood Designs in Red Hook


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, and Parsons New School for Design just announced the winners to a design competition they sponsored called Timber in the City. As Curbed noted earlier today, the competition asked architecture students to create a mixed-use development with wood technologies for a site in Red Hook. The site in question is the bus parking lot across Beard Street from the IKEA. According to Curbed, “Designs had to use wood as the primary building material, and they had to include affordable housing, a bike share shop, a wood production facility that could produce materials for buildings, and a smaller digital wood fabrication warehouse and learning center.” Above is the winning design, dubbed Grow Your Own City, from students at the University of Oregon. The plan includes low-rise buildings that house apartments, a restaurant, and bike shop, as well as one higher tower. They also designed an eco public park that the development is built around. The construction is of modular pods made of CLT panels; CLT is a fire-resistant engineered wood building material. To see the second place winner, check out the Curbed post. See all the honorable mentions at the official Timber in the City site.

Design Students Imagine A Mixed-Use Complex For Red Hook [Curbed]
Rendering via Curbed

One Comment

  • These look very nice, but I think someone forgot to tell them that Red Hook is prone to flooding. Perhaps they should be sitting high up on wooden pilings. Maybe they plan for the buildings to float safely away during a tidal surge – I would not put it past an architecture student to have that be part of their concept, it would not be the first time I would have heard that.