Lavendar Lake Art Factory was an ideas design competition for a New York City owned site in the Gowanus Canal. This art factory would contain private/shared art studios, a storefront gallery/bar, analog/digital shops, and live/work spaces for artist in residence.
The design intent of this submission imagined a building that engaged the urban landscape from multiple vantage points. From the street it performed the role of a filter all the while framing the activities inside and out. It invited people to walk into the factory or into the plaza. From the Gowanus Canal it was an open plaza made of soft and hard landscapes. It was an extension of the Gowanus and blurred the definitions of inside and out. Nature would flow and grow into the buildings while the buildings opened up and were fragmented along the landscape. From the train and from the surrounding roof tops it was like a pinnacle – a tower among the many church towers of Brooklyn.
Plan View of Ground Level
View from the G/F train approaching Smith and 9th.
View from the street level as you entered at ground level.
View from the Bar/Gallery and into the Plaza.
View of the Plaza from the Canal.