BLIMP is a new collaborative space for working, making and sharing ideas at ONE Lab in Brooklyn Navy Yards. A balloon-like space billows into and out from the existing industrial shed, filled with images, information, art, sound, light and people. Physically and symbolically hovering between the factory and the city, Blimp provides a new iconic image for ONE Lab – a light, dynamic and vibrant space that simultaneously produces and publicly displays creative, cultural work. A transparent hydraulic elevator connects the ground-level event space to studio workspaces and offices above. At the upper mezzanine, a spiralling ramp floats up into the ‘balloon’; a matrix of exhibition spaces, lounge areas, and small, informal presentation surfaces. A series of smaller or inflatable ‘blimp-pods’ may be distributed throughout the building on other levels. Acknowledging the site’s industrial, productive history (even blimps were originally developed by the Navy), this new, state-of-the-art facility transforms the Blimp into a flexible ‘cloud’ of ideas, a colourful ‘air-dock’ for constant streaming of design production and exchange.
Smart Dock, Blimp
Project Team: Gretchen Wilkins, Ian Nazareth, Hesam Mohamed, Kelvin Chai