Brooklyn Navy Yard Gallery+Cafe Promotes Local Design And Makers
The space mixes information with caffeination to showcase Brooklyn makers
An update to the transformation of Brooklyn’s Navy Yard is a new gallery called Yard Work and cafe within BLDG 92. Designed by Brooklyn-based architects SITU Studio, the public space serves as a meeting place destination and place for tenants to tell their creative stories.
The inaugural exhibition ‘Wood Works’ includes products and projects from 18 different businesses located within the Navy Yard. All are made of wood using traditional to digital fabrication techniques.
SITU Studio created a modular peg and hole system using sheets of fiberboard and wooden dowels to construct the entire exhibition. The system will be reused for future shows.
The space is also home to an outpost of the Brooklyn Roasting Company. Their wraparound service counter is made of doors reclaimed from the renovation of Building 128, now New Lab.
Here’s a photo tour of the space:
BLDG 92 exterior.
Latitude Loungers by NEA Studios have built-in solar panels. Lights in the base illuminate at night crating a pattern throughout the wooden slats.
The cafe area in the front incorporates nautical artifacts.
View of the exhibition space.
Skateboard decks created by children aged 4-9 during Skateboard Camp hosted by ConstructionKids.
Reel Coffee Table by Refoundry, a nonprofit business that trains formerly incarcerated people trade skills through repurposing discarded materials.
8XG (Eight Extraordinary Greens) by Jenna Spevack Studio, a micro green growing system made of reclaimed shipping pallets for apartment dwellers.
Access point for upcoming events and information.
Tables, bar and a perch counter are all made of materials reclaimed from within the Navy Yard.
Yard Work is free and open to the public daily from 7am to 7pm.
Photos: Dave Pinter
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Katie Salen Tekinbas is a game designer, animator and educator. She is a professor in the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media. Previously, she has taught at Parsons' New School for Design, the University of Texas at Austin, New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design.