DWi-P: Digital Water i-Pavilion (Battery Park City Community Center) designed by Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) click here to see more photos on hanrahanmeyers.com
DWi-P is a public building conceived as four ideas: architectonic form and structure; landscape; public art work; and as a demonstration of sustainable design. DWi-P is a 65,000 square foot pavilion at the edge of the ballfields in Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood. DWi-P is a community center promised to the Tribeca neighborhood when NYState took over the landfill site at the tip of Manhattan with a vision of creating Battery Park City in 1979. DWi-P is scheduled to be a Platinum LEED certified building, with a 550-foot long interactive glass wall, and a 1/4-acre Green Roof, the two principal Public Components of the building, scheduled to open October 1st in NYC.
Architectonic form and structure create DWi-P’s façade, a 500-foot long arc of fritted glass panels with steel columns and beams and concrete slabs, marking an edge to the Ballfields. DWi-P’s fritted glass wall is a fabricated landscape that presents digitized water as an edge between the community center and the Ballfields. hMa principal Victoria Meyers commissioned New York sound artist Michael Schumacher to write a score about water and this was the basis for a collaborative design of a frit pattern etched on the glass as digitized water. The commission can be heard through speakers on the Ballfield Terrace or through cellphones. The community center itself will have Platinum LEED certification with several design initiatives: black water recycling; rain water recovery for plants; grey water loop to rooftop cooling tower; UV disinfectant for pool water; high efficiency condensing boiler; UV disinfectant for pool; 35% below ASHRAE lighting use; maximum use of daylighting; glass frit pattern for Audubon Soc. bird protection; 24% below ASHRAE energy use; Ballfield Terrace (DWi-P’s roof) planted as an occupiable Green Roof with a low Albido.
DWi-P Studies: Formal/ structural study of concrete and glass wall pavilion; water beads on glass click here to see more photos of Digital Water i- Pavilion on hanrahanmeyers.com
The community center program is conceived as a series of voids behind the digital water wall for the main program spaces: the pool, the gym, and the entry hall. Three courtyards perforate the digital water wall to make public gathering spaces. DWiP’s roof is an occupiable Green Roof, the Ballfield Terrace, with planted areas and bench seating areas for viewing the Ballfields.