The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski Architect


The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

Manhattan firm Andre Kikosi Architect installed a folding Corten steel façade to transform this disused New York warehouse into a market and music venue.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

The motorised façade of The Wyckoff Exchange is made up of five panels, which fold outwards to shelter the pavement and reveal a glass skin beneath.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

LED lights hidden within perforations on the metal sheets give the building a glowing effect at night, when the shutters provide protection for the shops inside.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

The building houses a live music and performance venue, an organic food market and boutique wine shop.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

Photographs are by ESTO/Francis Dzikowski.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

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Emerging Architecture Firm Transforms Abandoned Warehouse with Cutting-Edge Façade

The Wyckoff Exchange in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York is designed by Andre Kikoski Architect (AKA), an imaginative, award-winning architecture and design firm based in Manhattan.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

“We wanted to create an iconic building to speak to Bushwick’s up-and-coming status as a center of art and creative energy,” says Kikoski, “so we devised a unique aesthetic that's dramatic, inventive, and inspired by the neighborhood’s industrial past. With state-of-the-art technologies and construction techniques, we were able to realize this 100-foot-long, eighteen-foot-tall façade in only two inches of depth.”

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

Scheduled to open in winter 2010, the 10,000 square-foot Wyckoff Exchange will accommodate a live music and performance venue - to be called Radio Bushwick, with interiors also by AKA - as well as an organic market and a boutique wine shop, all in a long-vacant warehouse in the heart of a vital and rapidly changing area of the city.

The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

The design solution for the building exterior is highly original, relying upon motorized door technology adapted from airplane hangars and factory buildings. The five pairs of moving façade panels create an ever-changing expression of function and tectonics. 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.

“We chose materials for this façade that are both industrial and artistic,” explains 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.”

Andre Kikoski Architect’s design approach in the this project, as in all of its work, is aimed at creating a dynamic, fluid piece of architecture. As an expression of AKA's trademark resourcefulness and lyricism, and as an innovative approach to recycling buildings and creating a destination environment with an extreme economy of means, Wyckoff Exchange is truly a welcome development in this quickly evolving neighborhood.

Cayuga Capital Management commissioned the project and has some 40 other properties in the area. Kikoski sees this one as "a prototype of adaptive reuse"—low-impact architecture that can spread, easily and gracefully, throughout the neighborhood. "The project," says Kikoski, "is a sign of things to come."

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Posted on Tuesday January 25th 2011 at 5:11 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Wow. I LOVE this project. The dynamic aspect is incredible and the glowing effect at night is beautiful. Great piece of architecture!

  • sharon cheah

    i had exactly the same idea as well in my project. – could use it as screen for the building and also a screen/awning for padestrians.

  • Donkey

    Awesome. I want that for my house!

  • goose 2

    The screens provide a particularly hard edge to the street at night which does not help to lighten the already gritty feel of the street scape

    Also as a shop owner would you not want to also display your product at night too. It seems to me the screens are more gimmick, rather than a plausible design solution.

    • david

      Grit is an accepted and even celebrated quality in Brooklyn.

      Its also very common in Brooklyn for shops to have roll down security gates/curtains that come down at night. Window shopping isn't common in this neighborhood.

  • michelalano

    Sure beats the ugly roll down security gates that usually line these streets at night. Though, the penetration patterns could be a little more imaginative or visually revealing without compromising security. Overall a nice job.

  • dan

    GRITTY? god forbid the solution would encapsulate the spirit of the neighborhood (industrial) or indeed the buildings past use (a warehouse). it's clearly an ode to contemporary american urban culture. also, most shops have shutters for security. its perfect . . .except not sure about having those big shutters open over your head, to be confronted the anticlimax of a perfectly mediocre set of double doors? if its gonna open make it open?

  • James

    This is the type of purposeful and mundane architecture that America too often lacks. It works well; it's not excessive; it fits the context, and it's modestly affordable.

    When the focus of quality design matriculates from glamorous projects like art museums and symphony halls down to the components of the neighborhood that people use every day (like libraries, small offices, gas stations, etc.) is when design really starts to impact people positively.

    • michelalano

      I love that you used "mundane" in a positive context. This should happen more often than it does.

  • rommy reyes

    Totally agree with you goose 2…maybe it works if the shop sells sex toys, smuts
    and other unmentionables.

  • martini-girl

    It is a totally innapropriate design for a suburb like Bushwick.

    This kind of 'grittiness' would have worked well in nearby E.Washington but not in Bushwick – a suburb that desperately needs to be lifted out of it's own grittiness.

    And to say that the design "…references the urban textures, surfaces, and character of the neighborhood. " is a bit like me renovating a house with boarded up windows, rusting fences, graffitti on the walls, a smoking car in the driveway etc and then saying that my inspiration derives from my crack and crime infested neighbourhood.

    Whilst i appreciate Bushwick is evolving and may become a trendy neighbourhood in a few decades time, in the mean time it deserves injections of colour and vitality in any new design. Not rusted out fortress-like structures that add to the sense of decay and re-inforce the feeling of danger and hopelessness.

    • David

      …trendy in a few decades time? Bushwick is trendy now…crime and all. And I have never heard anyone refer to this place as a suburb. If you feel that these neighborhoods should be "lifted out of" grittiness you can go wag your finger at the grit loving gentrifiers who shop at the healthy food market that leases this building.

  • MKim

    It may sound odd…When I saw the facade, I felt that someone took my idea.
    Just like my sketch….Looks great! But still feel sorry… ;p

  • Bernie Reidell

    Doesn't look as good in real life (predictable), mostly due to the hideously generic sign that the health store has put up