Brooklyn, NY 2014
Inspired by the Brooklyn (BK) context, the team initially pursed the use of handmade brick as the primary construction material to be draped over the complex zoning envelope. Although budget constraints precluded the use of handmade bricks, the team remained passionate in their goal to craft a building more human than a bland brick box. Machine-made brick was eventually used but with a creative approach, influenced by classic bricklaying techniques where batches of differently toned bricks are laid up to create a variegated pattern. The façade thus develops a depth generated by the hand of the bricklayer that is random and natural. The warmth of reclaimed timber is used to create screens at the balconies. This rich and polychromatic structure is suspended above an all glass base that is punctuated by a suspended plate of steel for the entry canopy.