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Wyckoff Exchange in Brooklyn, NY by Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC
January 14th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC
The Wyckoff Exchange commission required the economical and adaptive re-use of two abandoned warehouses to create 10,000 square feet of raw space for retail and cultural uses in the emerging but underserved neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. This place is marked by the strong traces of a gritty industrial past, and is rapidly transforming into a center of art and creativity.
Our design solution offers an innovative response to the question of how to develop a modest retail building on a tight budget. We designed a trademark façade that responds to the place and purpose of this commission, paying careful attention to the resolution of formal, technical, and environmental issues with extremely modest means.
The design relies upon five pairs of motorized scissor doors/panels, whose technology is adapted from factories and warehouses. The position of the façade panels creates a dynamic expression of purpose within. By day the panels fold up to create awnings for the stores and to shelter pedestrians. By night they fold down to secure the shops.
The choice of materials and technologies in this project is highly considered. The panels consist of a steel frame that is clad in a double layer steel skin. The outer layer is heavily textured corten steel. The inner layer is shimmering light-gauge stainless steel. Each layer is laser cut with a different abstract gradient pattern. And each double-layer panel is internally illuminated by cutting edge LED lighting.
While industrial in nature, the texture of the corten steel responds to the most sensitive modulations of daylight. The setting sun transforms the richly oxidized surface into a Rothko-like canvas. At night these simple materials and technologies create a contemporary glowing mural of light that is 100 feet long, eighteen feet tall, and only two inches deep.
The Wyckoff Exchange achieves a dramatic and highly tactile physical presence through technology, material and light. At once both simple and complex, the design uses a modest kit of parts to create a highly sophisticated yet playful building. And with a richly textured material palette and carefully considered details, we transform the neighborhood’s industrial character into a retail venue that offers a fresh, bold, and different artistic statement.
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