Timber Terraces re-imagines a vacant waterfront site in Queens, New York as a vibrant
and vanguard model of healthy, biophilic living for the future of the city.
The project considers a site in Queens, just south of the Queensborough/ Ed Koch Bridge.
Overlooking the east river, with views to Roosevelt Island and Manhattan,
the vacant site can be understood as a segment within a larger chain of mixed-use waterfront
development in the Borough, including the Hunters Point and Annabel Basin projects underway to the
south, and stretching south to Brooklyn and north to the Bronx.
These new approaches to affordable housing stand in contrast to the NYCHA Queensbridge Housing development
to the north. Constructed in 1939, it is one of the largest public housing complexes in North America.
Along with the adjacent Queensbridge Park, it reflects nearly century-old ideals of
living, construction, affordable housing,
and landscape which will be reconsidered and re-imagined in this competition. This site has a unique mixed-use zoning designation and an ample allowable FAR. The competition program does not maximize this FAR. Instead, it is to be considered the first of a phased development of the site. We were required to anticipate the future phased build-out of this site to utilize the full FAR as a condition of the competition design. All things considered we design an interconnected community for Queens