With flood hazard threatening the area surrounding the Gowanus Canal and the importance of the Pump House at the canal head in treating the polluted water, the project has become crucial in remediating the environmental and living condition for the canal and its larger area. Located near the intersection of industrial zone around the canal and residential zone in the periphery, my building is designed to symbolize the starting point of the revitalization efforts for the larger area, connecting the industrial with the residential zone.
This building continues the proposed greenbelt and works as a water cleaning system for both the residential building and the canal water. The organization of the floor plans follows the rule of placing the most private space at the center and the most public space at the periphery where people circulate from their homes at the building center to the common space at the periphery. The water follows the circulation of humans and treats canal water and stormwater through its biofilter. The treated water will then be pumped upward through the core for residential use and watering vegetation on the terrace on each level.