The Wild Project is a green space for the arts located at 195 East Third Street between Avenues A and B. Architect Gita Nandan of Brooklyn-based Thread Collective transformed an existing one-story garage (which was formerly home to The Bottle Factory) into an 89-seat theater that features a 1500-square-foot green roof. The renovation took place back in June of 2007 and Nandan’s design attempts to preserve the character of the garage’s industrial past by retaining its exposed brick walls and wood joists. In addition to the roof, green design features include bamboo-clad seat platforms, extensive use of daylighting from transparent doors and large picture windows, solar panels, and efficient HVAC and water systems.
The 4″ deep green roof was installed last September by New York City-based Alive Structures and is composed of expanded shale and organic compost compiled by Long Island Compost. The theater has experimented with the roof by planting native plants to determine which will thrive in the shallow roof; successes to date include Wild Columbine, Bleeding Heart, Royal Fern, and Appalachian Sedge.
The Wild Project’s mission is “to bring the community together through inspiring and entertaining art, exploring green technologies, and finding innovative ways to help our world and each other.” The theater has generally focused on mediums such as photography, film, and art work so far, but hopes to stage a theatrical production that presents environmental issues. Owner and artistic director Amanda Gruss told The Villager that she hopes her efforts inspire other cultural venues in the city to follow suit- here’s hoping her spectacular green roof- and lower utility costs- do just that.
- East Village’s Wildest Theater (TV)
- Wild Project Theater (greenroofs.com)
- The Wild Project
- Thread Collective