The Wood + Digital Production Studio in the Red Hook district of South Brooklyn, New York, marks the beginning in the revitalization efforts of a mixed income, residential and industrial 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”.
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. Fabrication of wood or other associated componentry at a smaller scale will occur here. This facility will also 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. Red Hook is a neighborhood in some flux, cut off from much of Brooklyn geographically, yet highly active. 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 an integral component of this new building.