Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, New York
Client: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Architects: Polshek Partners
Landscape Architects: Quennell, Rotschild and Partners (QRA)
Engineers: Greeley and Hansen, Hazen & Sawyers, Malcom Pirnie Joint Venture
Artists: Vito Acconci Studio, George Trakas
Lighting Consultants: l’Observatoire International Inc., Project Director: Nathalie Rozot (2001-2006).
The Newtown Creek Water Plant is the largest of New York City's 14 wastewater treatment plants. Located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, the plant serves approximately 1 million residents and treats wastewater from a drainage area of about 25 square miles including parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. The facility upgrade involves a 53-acre footprint, the building of new facilities and public amenities, and the demolition or retrofitting of existing facilities, all taking place while the plant remains operational. Total construction costs exceed $2 billion.
At night, diaphanous layer of deep blue light visually identifies the water treatment plant, in contrast with the surrounding sodium glow. On site, the lighting masterplanning follows a strict functional hierarchy. Only industrial light fixtures are used, yet each fixture type receives a simple custom treatment— pole, bracket, shield, color filter, finish color, etc. The plant‘s nocturnal uses are thus strategically articulated with a functional yet artistic lighting scheme.
Photo Courtesy: l’Observatoire International
2009 Light & Architecture Design Awards, Commendable Achievement Award
2010 IES Lumen Award of Merit (New York City Section)