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The Brooklyn Detention Center

1100 Architect / Ricci Greene Associates Joint Venture

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Project Name

The Brooklyn Detention Center


275 Atlantic Avenue


Project Status

Concept Proposal


518,000 sq. feet


New York City Department of Design and Construction / New York City Department of Correction


  • Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen
  • Civil Engineer: Matrix New World
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
  • WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Atelier Ten
  • RA Heintges & Associates
  • Philip Habib & Associates
  • Van Deusen & Associates
  • Schirmer Engineering Corp.
  • Professional Systems Engineering
  • Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
  • Hopkins Foodservice Specialists
  • William Vitacco Associates
  • Ellana
  • ArchiData Inc.
  • Vize
  • Radii Inc.

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Project Description

The 1100 Architect / RicciGreene Associates Joint Venture proposed renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn Detention Center (BDC) would transform the aging jail into a state-of-the-art, 21st-century civic landmark. The design is informed by five key factors: creating a building of design excellence and high performance energy efficiency; replacing an artifact from another era with a new paradigm in Brooklyn’s civic and commercial center; addressing key concerns of the neighboring community; introducing best practices to provide humane, normative environments for detainees; and providing a safe and secure environment, both inside the building and within the urban context. The design is a carefully balanced composition, juxtaposing the lightness of the glass curtain wall with the mass of perforated concrete volumes to provide maximum light, air, and security throughout the building.
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