Under the BQE

There are currently three hundred miles of elevated infrastructure (highway or subway lines) in NYC. A majority of the ground floor spaces underneath are underutilized. This research initiative looks at underneath the BQE in Sunset Park and investigating the potential uses of the site for the neighborhood as well as adjacent Industry City Complex.

The 1st option examines the potential of the site as a food distribution center. Proposing a folding landscape and roof-scape that defines commercial kitchens which service food trucks during the morning and neighborhood tenants at lunch

The 2nd proposal looks at a program that the noise issues underneath the highway -- a sports facility. The design proposes an inflatable structure for high intensity sport/ play areas (basketball and volleyball etc), to be used in extreme winter conditions but open throughout the year otherwise.

2017 SARA NY: Design Award of Excelence


Research Initiative


Sports Facility/ Commercial Kitchens and Public Space


26,000 sf


Brooklyn, NY

Axon 1
Axon 2

Floor Plan


Floor Plan


Koray Duman, Matei Denes, Alejandra Navarette, Roumei Zhang, Nick Oelrich