When the shops open up for business in the morning, the steel facade folds in half using motorized door technology just like an airplane hangar. The folded facade then serves as a shade device for the building as well as an awning for pedestrians on the street. At night, when shops close down, the facade opens to cover the building’s doors and windows, providing aesthetics as well as security.
Andre Kikoski said about the project, “We wanted to create an iconic building to speak to Bushwick’s up-and-coming status as a centre of art and creative energy, so we devised a unique aesthetic that’s dramatic, inventive, and inspired by the neighborhood’s industrial past.”
Images ©Andre Kikoski Architects