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Galapagos Art Space DUMBO

A Green Performance Venue in Brooklyn, NY.

  • In 2007, Williamsburg’s trailblazing performance venue Galapagos Art Space was presented with the opportunity to take over the old stables at 16 Main Street and serve as a magnet for the growing DUMBO arts district. The organization responded with a vision for an art and performance space that continued the raw aesthetic of the original venue, while providing event-goers with a unique experience. The space is composed in concrete, water, steel, and light, and has been recognized as one of New York’s best performance venues.

    The original stables were designed for the Robert Gair Company of Brooklyn by the noted New York industrial architect William
    Higginson in 1906. The building was among the first reinforced concrete buildings in New York, and the new construction honors the original by extensive use of concrete, both as structure and for sensuality. The ground floor, formerly used as a garage to store the Gair company’s carts has been reimagined as a high-ceilinged performance space with a bar, and a seating
    area that hovers above a reflecting pool. An art gallery and second performance space is to be constructed on the second floor, as well as a curator’s apartment and offices during a second phase of construction.
  • There are public performances and events nearly every day at Galapagos. Check listings and enjoy a show!
  • Galapagos is a 5 minute walk from the A / C Train High Street Brooklyn Bridge station and the F Train York Street station. It is also steps from the B25 weekday bus.
  • Construction year
  • 2008
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 10000
  • No. floors
  • 2
  • Certification
  • USGBC LEED (Include rating system and level under ""Other"" below)
  • Green Energy Features
  • None.
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • Massive building walls, Radiant floor heating, Energy efficient boiler and high-efficiency split system cooling. High efficiency lighting, with dimmable lighting controls
  • Green Products
  • Low VOC paints and finishes, recycled content in locally fabricated steel railings and walkways, fly ash and slag content in concrete mix
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Dual flush toilets (0.8/1.6 gpf), ultra-low flow urinals (0.5 gpf), and sensor activated low-flow faucets (1.0 gpm) are provided.
  • Transportation
  • Galapagos is a 5 minute walk from the A / C Train High Street Brooklyn Bridge station and the F Train York Street station. It is also steps from the B25 weekday bus.
  • Window brand
  • N/A
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • Existing massive concrete walls remained. At the office and caretakers apartment, furring and R19 insulation were provided.
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Performance Venue
  • Designer
  • Cycle Architecture
  • Builder
  • One Main Construction
  • Building Style
  • Concrete stable
  • Fuel Type
  • gas heat and hw / electrical cooling
  • Company Public
  • Cycle Architecture
  • Owner/Developer
  • Galapagos Art Space
  • Building energy consultant/MEP
  • Guth DeConzo
  • LEED/Green Building Consultant
  • Cycle Architecture / Propeller Group
  • Renewables Installer
  • N/A
  • Landscape architect
  • N/A
  • Interior architect
  • Cycle Architecture PLLC
  • Green roof consultant/installer
  • N/A