New Lab

New Lab is a platform for scaling frontier technologies to champion the world’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs and partners with corporate and city stakeholders to catalyze innovation.


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New Lab serves a community of over 600 entrepreneurs representing more than 100 member companies working in frontier technologies including robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and life sciences. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Exterior Facade
Restored envelope. Replacement insulated metal cladding and windows match historic configurations and profiles. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Existing Conditions at Building 128
Exterior façade of Building 128 and the New Lab, prior to restoration. Initially constructed by the US Navy in 1899 as a machine shop for producing marine engines and components, the site was frequently modified, reconfigured, and expanded until the Navy abandoned the building and site in 1966. photo ©John Bartelstone
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Active use as a naval machine shop, 1915.
For the build-out of the New Lab carried out by Marvel Architects, both the building’s architectural attributes and the legacy of fabrication are taken into account. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive.
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Single story build-outs mimic the stacks of raw materials and fabrication stations that once lined the naval machine shop, framing a central corridor and the industrial doors at both ends of 350’ long building. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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The exterior corrugated steel envelope and steel industrial windows were severely deteriorated after decades of limited use. The existing interior is a single level slab with a single 4,000sf elevated mezzanine.
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Construction
New second floor area greatly expanded the existing mezzanine, with upper mezzanines built into the overhead roof structure. 32,000sf of new floor area was constructed.
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Circulation
The new upper walkway’s route and overlooks were intentional, as a means to orient and introduce visitors to the New Lab. Crossover bridges are suspended from the industrial gantries.
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Event Space
Placed on an outside corner of the building, the event space is visible from the main entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and connects to the building’s interior central corridor. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Flexibility of Use
Open areas at the main floor create opportunities for exhibits, project fabrication and events with connections inside and outside the building. Bridges carried by the original gantries create overlooks to open areas and access across the building.
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Expansion & Flexibility Diagram
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All individual tenants spaces at the outer perimeter of the building have daylighting and operable windows. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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A variety of open and enclosed workspaces and meeting areas are integrated throughout the interior. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Rendered Section ©Macro Sea
1. Design Library 2. Enclosed Studio 3. Fabrication Lab 4. Project and Event Space 5. Conference Room 6. Institutional Studio 7. Enclosed Studio 8. Open Studio
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Central Corridors
A linear central corridor extends between the original sliding industrial doors at each end of the building. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Existing Structures
Existing building trusses and overhead material transport gantries remain clear and unaltered. New distribution systems consolidate behind existing primary beams at side aisles to avoid visual noise at the main ceiling structure. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Entrance
The main entry passes through the industrial sliding doors. Smaller man-doors act as the dat-to-day entry. The main floor raised above the original working floor provides flood resiliency from the harbor and depth for radiant heating. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Workspace
Interior spaces are divided between private work spaces for individual businesses and education tenants, shared work spaces, meeting rooms and a café ©David Sundberg/ESTO
Year
2016
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Client
MacroSea/DBI
Typology
Commercial, Preservation & Reuse, Workspace, Institutional, Industrial, Tech
Size
84,000 SF
Design Team
Jonathan Marvel, Scott Demel, Zachary Cohen, Elise DeChard, Eckart Graeve, Teo Quintana
Consultants
Engineering Group Associates (Structural Engineer) BD Engineering (MEP) Domingo Gonzalez Associates(Lighting Design) Macro Sea (Concept + Interior Design)
Awards
AIANY Design Merit Award for Architecture, Building Brooklyn Awards National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business
Photography Credits
© David Sundberg/ESTO
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