Spring Street Salt Shed

The onslaught of snow storm Jonas, New York City's second largest snowfall on record, brought the first real test for the city's new salt shed at Spring Street and the West Side Highway. Designed by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the faceted concrete salt shed houses 4,000 tons of salt to combat the wintry precipitation. The form tapers towards the bottom, with glass pavers and lights installed along the periphery for dramatic uplighting of the structure at night. Entry gates along the Spring and Canal Street access points feature the "DSNY" identifier rendered in twisted vertical metal pickets, providing a graceful touch of design to what is often mundanely treated.

As a companion piece with the recently opened sanitation garage, the salt shed serves as a contemporary precedent for how urban infrastructure can serve to echo the values and aspirations of a city's architectural character.  

Sanitation trucks head into the Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage after a long day of plowing the aftermath of snow storm Jonas.

Looking south along the West Side Highway towards the Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (left) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (right).

 The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (left) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (right).

The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (left) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (right).

The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (left) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (right).

Looking north along the West Side Highway towards the Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (left) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (right).

 Southeast corner of the Spring Street Salt Shed. 

Southeast corner of the Spring Street Salt Shed. 

Southeast corner of the Spring Street Salt Shed. 

East facade of the Spring Street Salt Shed.

Close up of the sidewalk uplighting.

North facade of the Spring Street Salt Shed.

Northeast corner of the Spring Street Salt Shed.

Northeast corner of the Spring Street Salt Shed.

Looking west along Spring Street towards the Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (right) and the Spring Street Salt Shed (left).

ArchitectDattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban DesignClient: New York City Department of Sanitation; Program: Infrastructure; Location: Hudson Square, New York, NY; Completion: 2015.