Parsons The New School for Design in New York City is best known as playing host to Bravo’s Project Runway and being the home turf of the inimitable Tim Gunn. In the world of fashion, Parsons has bragging rights galore.
bronXscape, a collaborative effort between the graduate students, boasts an impressive amount of green, literally and figuratively, for a lone rooftop in the Bronx: A cold-frame greenhouse, a moss wall, composting, two separate gardens, a rainwater collection system, solar panels that feed directly into NYC’s power grid, and a covered, all-season canopy for communal meals and food prep. Tenants of the Louis Nine House will be encouraged to tend to planters growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Most of the construction was prefabricated off-site at a Parsons studio.
The project presented numerous challenges from the beginning: the roof of the building wasn’t designed to carry much weight, so structural elements could only touch load-bearing walls; materials would have to be hoisted directly to the roof from the street; students were required to navigate New York City’s sometimes bewildering permit process.
Via [Architectural Record]
Photos: Parsons Design Workshop