Brooklyn Yard Scraper Building Powered by Solar

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Rogers Marvel Architects have designed a striking proposal for the redevelopment of the Brooklyn House of Detention, by converting the city-owned land into a mixed-usebuilding that carries the texture of Brooklyn into vertical urban form.

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Christened the Brooklyn Yard Scraper, the sustainable buildingprovides space for commercial, residential and recreational needs whilereducing its impact on the environment. The lower portion of theskyscraper is a diverse combination of social, commercial andeducational uses, while the upper floors carry houses that are poweredby renewable energy. The sustainable building also includes a publicschool, institutes, library, justice center and several green publicareas.

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The housing units are stacked atop one another, each orientingitself for suitable sunlight to maximize energy generation. Moreover,each key program element is linked to a yard, in either enclosed toopen-air horizontal orientation. Not linked with the planar grid ofstreets, the new brownstones rise into the sky creating a uniquevertical composition.

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