2. Dock 72, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Embodying the future of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Dock 72 will host a new location of WeWork and other innovative firms. The building’s design celebrates the maritime and industrial history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard while providing 21st-century shared work spaces that allow tenants to contribute to the Yard’s renewed life as a growing industrial hub. V-shaped columns lift the ship-like structure above the floodplain and form dual water and land access. The massing of the building steps down toward Wallabout Bay creating terraces with views of the surrounding Navy Yard, the East River, and Manhattan. Paths trace through the gridded façade, suggesting ant farm-like communal spaces and activities within. The building’s open and flexible work environments encourage the interaction of people and foster the sharing of ideas, both of which are critical to development of innovative creative communities. Creating 4,000 living-wage jobs, this development is a key effort of the de Blasio administration’s plan to double employment at the Navy Yard by 2020.
Dock 72 is a project by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Boston Properties, Rudin Development, and WeWork. It will be designed by S9 Architecture, who is behind the New York Wheel, Empire Stores and numerous other projects in New York City, and MPFP.