Near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, stands an old manufacturing building that has been refurbished to shine in the Dumbo Heights neighborhood, an emerging area for entrepreneurs and technology firms. The building sits at 175 Pearl Street, has eight stories, was built in 1918, and has 87,000 sq./ft of office space. Tournesol Siteworks was specified by A + I, Architecture Plus Information, and had the opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects from The Organic Gardener, from New York City, on the project. When they reached out, we were able to address their issues regarding fabrication complications and quality of materials required, with solid answers and solutions. This project involved our Customworks group as the products specifically required extensive custom engineering.
In this phase, the unique design of the project included elevated platforms to accentuate the view of Manhattan and build one of the only bi-level terraces in New York. To meet with the tight customer deadlines and construction schedule, the first products designed were two large, raw, stainless-steel custom tree planters, 48"Sq. x 36"H with level tops, installed under the decking. Also, three more large, raw stainless-steel custom tree planters were installed below the decking, yet they required sloped tops at 48"Sq. x 36"/30.5". All five planters contained tree root ball anchors welded to the internal structure and had to be installed early in the process to ensure the decking was built correctly on top.