With winter quickly approaching, the latest addition to New York's arsenal against the snow looks ready to receive its salt stockpile. Designed by Dattner Architects, the faceted concrete salt shed adjacent to the West Side Highway will house 4,000 tons of salt to combat the inevitable wintry precipitation. Construction fencing has been recently removed and new entry gates have been installed at the Spring and Canal Street access points. Like the adjacent Sanitation Garage from Dattner and WXY Studio, signage for the salt shed is treated as a design exercise to avoid the mundane tendencies of everyday infrastructure projects. Vertical metal elements twist to form the "DSNY" identifier, announcing the agency with whimsy to the trendy neighborhood that surrounds it.
Architect: Dattner Architects; Client: New York City Department of Sanitation, New York City Department of Design and Construction; Program: Infrastructure; Location: Hudson Square, New York, NY; Completion: 2015.