Red Hook Bamboo Pavilion

Brooklyn, NY

2008

The Red Hook Bamboo Pavilion is a seasonal intervention inside of a reclaimed sugar factory pier in the Red Hook Basin in Brooklyn, NY. Bamboo was used for construction because of the strength and efficiency of its inherent cylindrical geometry and its flexibility when subjected to both tension and compression forces. Bamboo also grows quickly and is simple to assemble and disassemble, which makes it preferable for seasonal construction. Taking advantage of the existing pier allows for the bamboo to be shipped directly from its source to the site. The neighborhood surrounding the pier is a mix of light industrial and residential areas that are anchored by the Van Brunt Street commercial district. The area is in the midst of a development period marked by rapid gentrification.  The temporary nature of the pavilion is in response to the precariousness of building permanent structures along the water due to rising seas levels.