Pictorial> Ennead Grows a Garage in the Bronx

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Monday, April 2, 2012
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Ennead calls the forked columned facade a "vertical garden." (Courtesy Ennead)

Ennead calls the forked columned facade a "vertical garden." (Courtesy Ennead)

While it is more restrained than many of the  high designed garages currently popping up in Miami, the new garage at New York Botanical Gardens, designed by Ennead‘s Suzan Rodriguez with Desman Associates, marks a distinct departure for bland lots frequently found around New York. The garage opened to the public last Friday and promises to sport a vertical garden on all four sides once the plantings catch on to and climb up the Greenscreen wire trellis. The trellis wire rests between ‘V’ shaped vertical columns that derive inspiration from tree-limbs. But one can also detect a modernist influence, perhaps Pier Luigi Nervi‘s George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal? The effort goes a bit beyond the call of greening duty, as its not actually located in the the gardens. It sits on a former industrial site across the street and over the bridge of the MTA’s North Harlem local line.

The garage as seen from the gardens. (Ennead)

The garage as seen from the gardens. (Ennead)

The Greenscreen wire trellis awaits the foliage. (Stoelker)

The Greenscreen wire trellis awaits the foliage. (Stoelker)

The garage as seen from the MTA tracks. (Ennead)

The garage as seen from the MTA tracks. (Ennead)

Frosted glass panels clad the the stairwells at the building's corners.

Frosted glass panels clad the the stairwells at the building's corners. (Stoelker)

The garage from the MTA tracks.

The garage from the MTA tracks. (Ennead)

The interior over looks the gardens. (Stoelker)

The interior over looks the gardens. (Stoelker)

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