Architecture / Planning / Design

The Habitat @ Red Hook

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Date: June, 2013
Size: 185,000 SF / 6 Stories
Units: 175 Units (100 Studio, 35 1BD, 25 2BD, 15 3BD)

Set along the waterfront of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, The Habitat provides a dynamic new mixed-use complex that will revive the area by activating the surrounding community and reinvigorate the manufacturing and housing sector, without compromising the unique identity of the area. The Habitat at Red Hook contains 175 studio, one, two, and three bedroom affordable living units over ground floor commercial space aimed at providing new resources for residents and the neighborhood. Each prefabricated unit is constructed on a 12.5' x 25' module that is assembled on site in the wood and digital fabrication shops on the ground floor.

The massing of the project was split down the middle into two "bars". A four story and six story bar contain all 175 residential units. Stepping down the massing of the building to the south permits more natural light to enter the center of the site and the units to the north. An elevated public walkway and resident gardens transverse the site from east to west and connect the two bars of housing. The ground floor contains a variety of resident and community spaces including bicycle repair and parking, a wood and digital fabrication shop, classrooms, showroom, and recreation center.

The south facades of The Habitat are fabricated from recycled wood pallets that are normally discarded after being used to transport goods. These pallets form an operable facade, controlled by the residents, to provide each unit with varying degrees of sun shading and privacy throughout the day.