A corten steel facade is completed designed for the Wyckoff Exchange which is a live music and performance venue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. This facade project is designed by an imaginative, award-winning architecture design firm based in Manhattan, Andre Kikoski Architect (AKA). This 10,000 square foot project is scheduled to open in the winter 2010.
The architect devised a unique aesthetic that’s dramatic, inventive and inspired by the neighborhood’s past industrial. It is because the architect wants to create an iconic building which speaks to the Bushwick’s up-and-coming status as a center of art and creative energy. The architects are able to realize this 100-foot-long, eighteen-foot-tall facade in only two inches of depth with the state-of-the-art technologies and construction techniques. This building will accommodate a live music and performance venue which is to be called Radio Buswick, with the interior design is also designed by the architect, as well as organic market and a wine shop boutique, all in a long vacant warehouse in the heart of a vital and rapidly changing area of the city.
The design solution for the building exterior is highly original, relying upon the motorized door technology which is adapted from the airplane hangars and the factory building. An ever-changing expression of function and tectonics area is created by the five pairs of a moving facade panels. By day the panels fold up to create awnings for the stores and to shelter pedestrians; by night, they secure the shops behind them, while an abstract gradient of laser-cut perforations over semi-concealed LED lights makes the panels appear to glow from within – creating an enigmatic work of art on an urban scale. The architect chose both industrial and artistic materials for designing this facade. They use of two restrained materials which are references the urban textures, surfaces and the character of the neighborhood. The surface quality of the raw, unfinished corten steel is elegantly transformed into a Rothko-like canvas by the setting sun, and the shimmering layer of perforated factory-grade stainless steel just two inches behind it forms a perfect complement.
The architect’s design approach in the project, as in all of its work, is aimed at creating a dynamic, fluid piece of architecture. Wyckoff Exchange is truly a welcome development in this quickly evolving the neighborhood as an expression of architect’s trademark resourcefulness and lyricism and as an innovative approach to recycling buildings and creating a destination environment with n extreme economy of means.
The Cayuga Capital Management commissioned the project and has some 40 other properties in the area. The architect sees this one as “a prototype of adaptive reuse”—low-impact architecture which can spread, easily and gracefully, throughout the neighborhood. This project is a sign of things to come.
Visit the website of Andre Kikoski Architect – here.
Photography by ESTO/Francis Dzikowski