Day 1020

Cantilevered cop house

October 15th, 2014

This Rafael Viñoly-designed structure was Staten Island's first new police station in over 50 years when it opened in the summer of 2013 as the home of the nascent 121st Precinct, the youngest of the island's four precincts.

My first thought when I saw the building was "Whoa, that's cool!" But then, as is often the case with such things, the designer's description of it ruined it for me:

The second floor cantilevers ninety feet toward Richmond Avenue in a symbolic gesture of community engagement that defines the main entrance and creates a visual link between the main lobby and the street.
A symbolic gesture of community engagement? Come on. This is a giant stapler of doom looming ominously above anyone who dares make the 200-foot trek from the sidewalk to the entrance. It's intimidating, not engaging.


  1. Dave Mills says:

    Hi Matt, couldn’t agree more. Anything to justify a design. You nailed it.

  2. Sandi says:

    Looks like a huge mouth ready to devour……

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