PIONEER WORKS - CENTER FOR ART AND INNOVATION

Date: 2011
Size: 27,000 sq/ft
Client: Pioneer Works
Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York

Overview:
Conversion and restoration of an existing brick and heavy timber warehouse, Brooklyn. 
Built in 1866, the building was first occupied by Pioneer Iron Works, one of the largest machine manufacturers in the United States - constructing ships, boilers, tanks, sheet iron, detachable railroad tracks, grain elevators, and machinery for sugar plantations.  
Converging historical restoration, modern architecture and environmental design, Pioneer Works  now lives on as a cultural center founded by the artist Dustin Yellin in 2010.
Open studios with movable walls are designed to physically change dimensions depending upon current use. The studios have walls on only three sides, encouraging communication during the creative process, which overlook a large open plan gallery below, is illuminated by natural light. 
The space hosts events, programs, exhibitions and performances across all disciplines, enabling culture to be accessible to all. 

Credits: 
Project manager - David Lally.