The Research Yard

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Workplace / Office
  • Company/Firm
    Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP
  • Lead Designer
    Laurie Hawkinson
  • Design Team
    Lindsay Smith, Jacqueline Stern, Rahul Gupta
  • Architect
    Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP
  • Interior Designer
    Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP
  • Lighting Designer
    Claude R. Engle Lighting Consultant
  • Const. Company
    Vanguard Construction and Co.
  • Photographer Credit
    Michael Moran
  • Location
    Building 3, 7th Floor, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11025, USA
  • Client
    Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and Pratt Institute
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The Research Yard is a collaborative incubator and research facility located in an historic industrial building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard - offering a space for Pratt Institute students and researchers to develop innovative strategies bridging art, design, engineering and technology.
Consisting of 20,000 sf of open workspace, robotics space, fabrication labs and conference rooms, the project transforms a derelict space into a research hub by carefully navigating relationships between new design elements and historic context. By preserving and building upon the “found” elements in the World War II era warehouse, the design strengthens the industrial character of the space – propelling it toward a new future.
The Research Yard design prioritizes daylight, visibility and ease of circulation by centrally locating new architectural volumes, keeping the perimeter free for informal meeting near windows and views. A single green column at the conference space remains unpainted – serving as a wayfinding device and tangible reminder of the space’s industrial history. Yellow floor stripes weave around open and enclosed spaces establishing a hierarchical circulation pattern through the space.