ABQ Warehouse District

February 14, 2011

The Wyckoff Exchange Adaptive Reuse (Grace)

Filed under: Adaptive Reuse Warehouses — celladdition @ 8:31 pm
The Wyckoff Exchange
22-28 Wyckoff Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Andre Kikoski Architect

 

Two old warehouses in the heart of Wykcoff Avenue have been “adaptively reused” into the new Wyckoff Exchange completed in 2010. With a total area of 1000 sq. ft. this new venue will accommodate a Live music Radio named Radio Bushwick, an organic market and a boutique wine shop.

The façade has a very ingenues and modern look. Relying upon motorized door technology adapted from airplane hangars and factory buildings, during the day Five pairs of moving panels fold up to create awnings for the stores, and some protection for the 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.

“We chose materials for this façade that are both industrial and artistic,” says Kikoski. “Our use of two restrained materials references the urban textures, surfaces, and character of the neighborhood. The surface quality of the raw, unfinished COR-TEN 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.”

After the project was finished, the streets started to look much better. It brings to the town a different feeling of progress and safety.

Warehouse before being adapted and reuse

 

Facade of Wyckoff Exchange during the night

 

Steel Door overhang

 

When all the overhangs are opened they create extra shade to the pedestrians

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