Hunts Point Revival
Hunts Point Revival
HUNTS POINT REVIVAL
Year: 2014 – 2016
Location: New York, NY, United States
This project is about redeveloping the big site in Southern Bronx into a mixed use, safe vivid development. The speculation tries to answer the question: “How to reduce the amount of energy a building consumes only by means of massing? ” At the same time, the project is addressing various urban planning questions, including the issue of socio-economic sustainability.
With an idea of combining existing building and the massing based on performance requirements the development of synthesized massing was performed, while continuously conducting two types of simulations: solar radiation analysis of the massing and courtyards and Energy Use Intensity parameters and their change while altering the morphology.
The development of the morphology was implemented via the following steps:
1. A study of climatic data and raw energy models, conducted in parallel with a
study of the socioeconomic and aesthetic context.
2. An assessment, based on the above climate studies, of the available strategies that
can be utilized in order to add comfort hours passively.
3. According to Climate Consultant and Autodesk Weather tool, most of the potential
increase of comfort hours can be achieved through such strategies as passive
solar heating, natural ventilation and thermal mass effects.
4. Utilizing swatches from the 2030 Palette, in order to guide the implementation
of selected strategies and add other sustainable design strategies.
5. Understanding and analyzing how energy performance requirements affect the
overall building’s morphology.
6. Orientation along an East – West axis was proved to be beneficial because of
a number of reasons: providing heat when it is needed and minimizing it during
cooling period, as well as providing opportunity for cross ventilation, by situating
the buildings perpendicular to prevailing winds. Another benefit is an opportunity
to block cold northeasterly winds.
7. Creating and testing iterative massing prototypes, shaped purely by program and
performance requirements via raw Vasari models.
8. Continuing simulations assessing the energy performance of the building, while
adding other socioeconomic, programmatic, and aesthetic pressures shaping the
9. E.g., the existing structures on the site*, the desire to have sunny public spaces,
the morphology of the surrounding urban fabric and the positioning of the programmatic
elements of the building, in relation to the programmatic morphology
of the surroundings, etc.