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Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility 

Photographer: Nikolas Koenig 

Architect/Designer: Selldorf Architects


Location: Brooklyn, NY

Shoot Date: 
January 27, 2014 
The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is a processing center for New York City’s curbside metal, glass, and plastic recyclables undertaken by Sims Municipal Recycling and the City of New York. Located on an 11-acre waterfront pier in Sunset Park, the design’s programmatic use as a recycling center inspired reuse throughout.
The facility makes a major environmental contribution by delivering recyclables by barge—a strategy which eliminates 240,000 miles of annual vehicle travel from roadways. Recycled materials are used throughout: site fill is made from a composite of recycled glass, asphalt, and rock reclaimed from the Second Avenue subway construction; buildings are made from recycled steel; and plazas are finished with recycled glass. Other sustainable measures include one of the largest applications of photovoltaics in New York, a wind turbine, and bioswales for stormwater management. (Selldorf Architects) 
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