Influential architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Stony Brook University have unveiled plans for a major new development on New York City’s Governors Island that will focus on bringing people together to fight climate change. The New York Climate Exchange will also go down the road with ambitious sustainability features, including the ability to meet its own electricity and non-potable water needs.
The New York Climate Exchange has been described as the first international center to develop and deploy solutions to the global climate crisis. It will provide job training and host public gatherings, as well as academic and community programs and hands-on learning opportunities.
Structurally, it will consist of attractive sloping pavilions and buildings constructed using sustainably sourced timber, with a focus on energy efficiency and flood resistance. It will house research laboratories, classroom spaces, exhibitions, conservatories and housing, and will be designed to blend into the island’s existing park spaces.It will also be one of the first projects in the US to receive the award True Zero Waste Green Building Certification All non-potable water needs will be met with rainwater and recycled wastewater, while all required electricity will be generated from rooftop solar panels. While there is no data yet on the capacity of the solar panels, it would be enough to generate surplus electricity that would then be sent to the New York City grid, SOM said.
“Our design for this new campus embodies the stewardship necessary to address the climate crisis by weaving a sinuous mass timber pavilion through the park’s rolling landscape and repurposing the historic building structure.” “Together, these spaces will advance climate research and experiment with new technologies that can be deployed across the city and around the world.”
The New York Climate Exchange was created in partnership with Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Buro Happold, Langan Engineering and Governors Island Trust. We have no word yet on when construction is expected to begin.