February 25, 2015
A sneak peek at 529 Broadway’s terra cotta contour panels
The currently under construction 529 Broadway is a highly anticipated building, in large part because of the design’s site-specific approach to material and form. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, the design team conceived a facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building into a glass curtain wall building. More specifically, the terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation will twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a loft-like expression on Broadway, reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district.
This boundary-pushing project is the result of a close collaboration between BKSK, digital modeling specialist Parabox, facade engineering consultant Front Inc, and several terra cotta manufacturers. Learn more about our design for 529 Broadway here.
October 8, 2014
BKSK’s relationship with Tribeca continues with 11 Beach Street
Last month brought the buzz-generating launch party for the Sales & Design Gallery of HFZ’s 11 Beach Street, a BKSK-led residential conversion of a 10-story former commercial loft building in TriBeCa. BKSK came together with fellow members of the large project team, brokers, and prospective buyers to celebrate the milestone. On display were models, materials, and renderings that tell the full story of 11 Beach Street. Read More
August 27, 2014
Constructing in Senegal: a Photo Tour
After their most recent visit to Senegal – where we are building a new community learning center in collaboration with village leaders, local craftsmen, and a group of enthusiastic students from Mamaroneck, NY – our Lambaye Learning Center team came home with some amazing stories and photos. One particularly inspiring takeaway was that construction processes in Senegal are highly visible to the public. After the jump, we share some photos illustrating this unique transparency, including a look at local building methods. Read More
June 26, 2014
New architecture inspired by a historic building material
New York has a rich architectural terra cotta heritage. This ceramic can be found on a plethora of historic buildings throughout the city, ranging from the iconic like Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building and Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building to smaller-scale Queen Anne-style rowhouses in Park Slope and vibrantly glazed commercial structures along Coney Island Avenue. Of late, terra cotta has been experiencing a rebirth in contemporary architecture, including that of BKSK, thanks to the material’s inherent properties—specifically its malleability, infinite glazing options, environmental performance, and low toxicity. Read More