The diversified program proposes several spatial conditions, span distances, and environmental criteria in order to elicit a diverse group of architectural compositions and technological solutions that incorporate the use of differing structural, framing, and detail-oriented components. Such conditions may be: 

  • Vertical mid-rise framing (i.e. Mass Timber Systems such as CLT and FFTT)  
  • Interior partitioning (stud framing or modular panelized systems)  
  • Exterior cladding (modular assemblies) 
  •  Long-span structure (glulam beams, truss joists, or other composite members)  

Following are the building program requirements: 

Residences in this project are a mix of small units for single or double occupancy and larger, family-based units with more than one bedroom. All apartments must have exposure to natural light and air, as well as rooms that meet minimum size requirements of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Studio           (325 sqft per unit)    
100 units            
    32,500 sqft
1 Bedroom   (650 sqft per unit) 
35 units
    22,750 sqft
2 Bedroom   (850 sqft per unit)
25 units 
    21,250 sqft
3 Bedroom   (1000 sqft per unit)  
15 units
    15,000 sqft
          750 sqft
Recreation   (indoor)
      2,500 sqft
Lobby / Mail 
      1,500 sqft
Residential Subtotal
    96,250 sqft
      3,850 sqft
10 %
       9,625 sqft
58 spaces                     
Residential Total 
  109,725 sqft

As Red Hook has limited public transit and is somewhat isolated from surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn, a bicycle share hub and central repair shop is required as an integral component of this new building.

Workshop / Maintenance Area                                                                               2,000 sqft
Main Bicycle Storage
                               5,000 sqft
Shop Storage 
                               3,000 sqft
Restrooms                                    300 sqft
Entry Ramp                                    750 sqft
Protected Bike Parking                                 3,000 sqft
Bike Share + Shop Total                              14,050 sqft

The facility will host manufacturing equipment for assembly processes related to the fabrication of elements for the construction of wood buildings. The facility will also accommodate packing and staging areas in order to facilitate eventual shipping of this material, locally and regionally.

Main Production Area                                                                                              20,000 sqft
Research Workshops                                    3,000 sqft
Material Storage Warehouse                                  12,500 sqft
Showroom                                    2,500 sqft
Offices                                     2,500 sqft
Restrooms / Kitchen                                       500 sqft
Wood Production Subtotal                                  41,000 sqft
Mechanical                                           4%                                                     1,640 sqft
Loading Dock                                    2,000 sqft
Wood Production Total                                 44,640 sqft

Fabrication of wood or other associated componentry at a smaller scale will occur here. This facility will be a cutting edge, digitally-based laboratory for the exploration of manufacturing processes. While connected to and complementary of the larger scale workshop and manufacturing facility, this facility will also be a training and teaching facility with classrooms related to skill development in wood manufacturing.

Main Production Area                                6,000 sqft
Workshops / Classrooms
                              2,800 sqft
Material Storage                                  1,500 sqft
Showroom / Exhibition Space                                  2,000 sqft
Offices                                  1,200 sqft
Digital Production Subtotal                               13,500 sqft
Mechanical                                             4%                                                 540 sqft
Loading Dock (may be shared w/ other facilities)                                     300 sqft
Digital Production Total                               14,340 sqft

Catalyzing urban manufacturing, these WOOD & DIGITAL Production facilities will be a cutting-edge workshop and commercial venture relating small to large-scale building componentry. These facilities will be run by a single umbrella organization and consists of a series of multi-scaled services related to production, work training, and education. The umbrella organization will maintain and administer the entirety of these fabrication facilities. While the individual facilities may be accessed separately and contain distinctly different functions, their complementary nature needs to be taken under consideration in terms of design adjacencies as well as smart separation. 

GROSS SQFT                                                  
                 182,755 sqft


Red Hook, South Brooklyn Waterfront, New York, is a mixed income, residential and industrial neighborhood, and an increasingly vibrant community. The project site is across from a big-box furniture store and proximate to Added Value, a major urban agriculture site. It is also a few blocks from the Red Hook Houses, a significant public housing development – one of the largest in the city. Nearby are several major public amenities, including the Red Hook recreational facility, the Red Hook ball fields, and highly trafficked commercial outlets, including a grocery store.Red Hook inspired events depicted in the movies “Red Hook Summer” and “On the Waterfront”. Red Hook is a neighborhood in some flux, cut off from much of Brooklyn geographically, yet highly active.

The site can also be identified in New York City records as Block 606, Lots 5 and 10. The site is part of an 83,159 sq. ft. block that exists between Dwight and Otsego Streets as well as Beard and Van Dyke Streets. Refer to the following ressources for more site information: 

In general, please refer to the New York City code.  Please note, however, that in reference to timber construction, one of the goals of this competition is to explore new construction opportunities enabled by contemporary timber technology that may not yet be anticipated or fully embraced by the current NYC code.  Each entry is encouraged to understand the potential of contemporary timber systems, drawing from available resources and comparable code reviews from other jurisdictions and governmental agencies, as they pertain to new timber and wood systems, to inform the submitted design to the extent possible

Also, please refer to the International Building Code and the local zoning ordinance for information on parking requirements, height restrictions, set backs, easements, flood, egress, and fire containment. Accessibility guidelines need to be followed; refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the principals of Universal Design.


The design project must be conceived in structural timber. A strategy should be considered that evaluates a method for taking advantage of timber’s properties and characteristics in order to conceptualize and propose a critical evaluation of the design solution.