BIG breaks ground on concrete stacked bronx police station

BIG breaks ground on concrete stacked bronx police station

bjarke ingels’ firm has broken ground on its design for a police station in the bronx, new york, that will consist of intersecting concrete blocks. the design references the rusticated bases of early new york police stations with each individual volume containing a specific element of the internal program, and is topped with a green roof.

images courtesy of BIG



new york mayor bill de blasio announced that construction has begun on the BIG’s new building for the 40th precinct in the bronx. it has been over two years since plans for the project were first announced.



the 42,000-square-foot station hopes to encourage a dialogue with the community with the first-ever community events space built in an NYPD facility. officer training rooms, storage, and maintenance rooms for gear and vehicles make up the other areas.



while crime is at a record low in new york city, there is still more work to do to ensure that every new yorker feels safe in their neighborhood,’ de blasio said in a statement. ‘this new precinct will strengthen the bond between community and police, which will ultimately help make the south bronx and our city safer.



BIG took over the project which is part of the new york department of design and construction’s design excellence program, which has faced criticisms for cost overruns and project delays. initial plans to design the new building began 10 years ago when the city first tapped alexander gorlin architects to envision the station.

  • “department of design and construction’s design excellence program, which has faced criticisms for cost overruns and project delays.”

    This casual indictment of the DDC’s DCE (Design and Construction Excellence) program is pretty irresponsible and extemely misleading. I don’t work for the DDC or the city or have any skin in the game personally, but I am an NYC architect who worked with them in the past and I’m close with many of the people in that sphere (both architects and city employees of various agencies).

    Is it completely not factual to place all blame for typical construction issues with budget or schedule on the DCE. The program is only one of many groups within the DDC that works on a given project. The DCE group does not manage projects itself so blaming it for constructions issues makes no sense from the start. In addition, the DDC isn’t the client for each project (that would be NYPD, FDNY, etc) and it collaborates with many other agencies and private and public interests. Basically, each project has to navigate a large number of local interests, politicians, market forces, clients, consultants, contractors, agencies, etc, each with the power to derail or push forward. So blaming just the DDC is somewhat arbitrary to say the least, and blaming a small program within the DDC is even more ridiculous.

    I know the DCE is basically the face of the entire NYC government from a designer’s perspective so I understand why this happens. But to me it’s both lazy and dangerous to lash out at one of the very few groups in the city government that actually advocates for its architects and the design integrity of each project. I would never want to go back to the time before DCE when good design was the last priority and only the cheapest and most pliable architects were considered.

    Sorry for the rant – I know it was just one sentence at the end of the article, but it’s always bugged me when articles make un-supported, false claims that undermine on of the best tools that we have for good public design. And if you are going to put such a claim in a blog post, please back it up with a link or two so readers can follow up and judge for themselves.

    Berklyn says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
478,060 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy