Focus on Architecture: Story Behind the Photo

This week’s Focus on Architecture feature photo was taken by Michael Riccio at the AVAC Underground Garbage Disposal Facility on Roosevelt Island and was selected as a winner in the Interiors category. The judges enjoyed the futuristic, Fifth Element appeal to the photograph.

This waste facility is a very efficient use of space and it is also very automated. So much so, that when you walk into the building on the ground floor, you just see dumpsters, and it isn’t till you look up that you see the glass walled engineers room perched above it all. We would later learn that the red tubes that are fitted above the room are the end pipes of the vacuum waste system that stretches throughout the island. After a mechanized sorting, the garbage is then pushed into the dumpsters and trucked off. I took this particular shot as we were leaving, showing the nexus of this unique system that is overseen by just a handful of people operating out of this modernist glass-walled floating box.

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