Arresting development: Bjarke Ingels Group unveils Bronx police station

Work has begun on a police station in the 40th precinct of New York’s Bronx district, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

The 3,900 sq m complex is made up of three-storey-high concrete blocks, each dedicated to a function such as training, storage, fitness and the first community events space in a New York Police Department (NYPD) facility.

The project aims to increase "transparency and communication between the police and the local residents", according to NYPD News.

James O’Neill, NYPD commissioner, said: "Our message to New York going forward is that this is your station house.

"We were working in a century-old building that was designed for century-old policing methods. Now we’re changing that with a modern facility made for modern, neighbourhood policing.

"Everyone should take pride in not only the jobs they do but where they do them."

Bill de Blasio, New York mayor, said: "This precinct will strengthen the bond between community and police, which will ultimately help make the South Bronx and our City safer."

The project was first announced a decade ago, when New York firm Alexander Gorlin Architects was chosen as designer.

Images courtesy of BIG

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