Earlier this week, the New York City Art Commission approved Rafael Viñoly’s design for the 49,000-square-foot 121st Police Precinct on Staten Island; the project aims to be Gotham’s first LEED-certified police facility. The Art Commission, which was founded back in 1898, serves as New York City’s design review agency, reviewing permanent works of art, architecture, and landscape architecture that are planned for construction or renovation across the five boroughs. 11 members volunteer their services to the Commission, including an architect, landscape architect, painter, sculptor, and representatives from the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.
The Stationhouse is slated for a site along Richmond Avenue in Staten Island’s Graniteville neighborhood; Viñoly expects to break ground next March. You’ll recall that Viñoly also designed the electric yellow Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights, which is similarly seeking LEED certification. Fred Wilmers will serve as Viñoly’s project director for the Precinct- Mr. Wilmers was also responsible for the firm’s Bronx County Hall of Justice project, which recently opened and features a number of sustainable design features. The updated rendering of the Stationhouse above is courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects PC.