Waste Fortress

Students | Maria Ugarte, Sirinya Wutthilaohaphan
Faculty | Alex Barker, Corey Wowk, Paul Laroque, Oliver Meade
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

The Waste Fortress carries the concept of the Anthropocene into its skin, program and design. The exterior ridged skin acts as a habitat for the wildlife plants, while the distribution of the interior program shows a co-existing function between human, waste and machine. Nice cylindrical concrete walls conceal and connect the waste-to-energy processes, and the space between these walls accommodates the waterpark. The waterpark utilizes the heat from the incinerators to provide heating for the pool as it reuses the incinerator’s excess energy.

South elevation of building facing the shore
Render of the Waste Fortress situated onto the site facing the southern elevation, located in Pier 36, Manhattan, New York
Diagrams of the buildings form and locations of the program
Top diagrams: Different iterations of the building in relation to site. Bottom diagrams: form of the building and the locations of the programs.
Rendered axon diagram of the building showing the structural skeleton as well the locations of the cooling and heating systems.
Section drawing of the building interior depicting the different mechanical systems, showing its below water structure and its relation to the waterbed.
Ground plan drawing of the building locating it in relation to the site, showing the roof pattern in relation to the building footprint
Point of view render of an interior bungee jumping space looking out towards the slide and in between the cylindrical spaces
Render depicting the waste to energy facility from the perspective of a person standing near the site in context of the lower east side