The Brooklyn Navy Yard is evolving. Existing tenants and cultural initiatives are attracting more visitors, while anticipated projects will bring thousands of additional employees to the campus in the coming years. To serve this diverse and growing community, the Yard planned a new public space for BLDG 92: a gallery/café dedicated to fostering collaboration among Brooklyn Navy Yard tenants and showcasing their work. As a Navy Yard tenant since 2013, we eagerly joined the team to re-imagine this space.
Tasked with designing the gallery space, we created “Yard Work” as an open and adaptable exhibition system to display the rich culture and work within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The space—created through a series of perforated panels and platforms intended to receive a variety of work—can easily reconfigure to host new exhibits and a range of objects, artifacts, and art. Made of unfinished MDF, the panel’s patina will alter gradually over time, reflecting the industrial and ever-changing nature of the Yard itself.