Diagram Map of the 25th New York Marathon, 1995
"Fin’s Labyrinth is an architecture and urban strategy that encourages you to play with your food. Both a working fish farm and a new form of public (civic) amenity, this project uses the infrastructure for raising fish as a backdrop to a wide range of activities designed to entertain you while getting you acquainted with your next meal. It reintroduces the production of food into the daily lives of city dwellers, making a more concrete connection between what we put in our mouths and the environment required to generate it."
Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White, Brooklyn Griffin, 2011 (via nytimes) “Perched high above an industrial stretch of East Williamsburg, a menacing robot nine feet high and seven feet wide surveys the street below, watching cars steal past graffitied factory buildings as if they were prey. Its fierce head sways and dips when a wooden rudder protruding from the back of its neck catches the breeze. This is the Brooklyn Griffin. It almost never was. An earlier edition was destroyed on orders from an unsympathetic building manager.”
'The 10,000 sq ft Wyckoff Exchange accommodates a live music and performance venue 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. Manhattan based firm Andre Kikoski Architect (AKA) has created a practical concertina façade for the Exchange, solidifying its identity in the local community. The venue will be renamed Radio Bushwick, with interiors also by AKA.
"We wanted to create an iconic building to speak to Bushwick’s up-and-coming status as a centre of art and creative energy," says Kikoski, "so we devised a unique aesthetic that’s dramatic, inventive, and inspired by the neighbourhood’s industrial past. With state-of-the-art technologies and construction techniques, we were able to realise this 100 ft long, 18 ft tall façade in only 2 inches of depth."
The design solution for the building exterior relies upon motorised 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.
"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 neighbourhood. 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."