The shimmering, perforated steel security bifold doors, which are motorized and fold up to form awnings, will serve as the shopping center's signature. When they are closed, the doors, which are laser-cut into a grid pattern, emit light through hundreds of holes in the steel clading on the Schweiss Bifold Door.
Project just getting started....early stages
Funky Store front Doors for Shops
Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier
identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers
of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of
rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative
landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped
up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on
22-28 Wyckoff Ave.
Today three new retail tenants as well as an organic market and a boutique wine
shop are doing business in this newest, 'mixed use' development project in
Brooklyn's emerging Bushwick neighborhood. Somewhat unique is that all
five stores feature horizontally opening 'bifold' doors manufactured by a
Minnesota firm, Schweiss Doors.
Why Schweiss bifold storefronts in Brooklyn, New York? Simplicity would be
the single, functional word. Open your bifold each morning and your entire
store front is indeed 'open for business' to shoppers rediscovering this
unique slice of old Brooklyn!
Classy looking doors serving dual purpose
In the lexicon of the architect firm, the design solution is highly
inventive-relying upon motorized scissor door technology adapted from
airplane hangars and factory buildings. The five pairs of moving facade
panels create an ever-changing expression of tectonics and purpose. By
day, the panels fold up to create awnings for the stores and to shelter
pedestrians, By night they secure the shops behind them and create an
artful facade, which is defined by a flowing abstract gradient pattern
of internally illuminated laser cut corten and stainless steel.
Explained architect Adam Darter, "In the process of designing new frontage,
we wanted structural integrity that also provided strong security for each
store front. So a cohesive door system that complimented all five storefronts
"We knew about bifold doors but had never worked with them. Our access to
Schweiss Doors was through the Internet and it proved to be quite an eye-opener
"Our firm focuses very strongly on the aesthetics so the idea of a bifold door
totally encompassing the entire frontage of each store was a bit of a challenge."
Schweiss has specific structural requirements relating to the positioning of
its doors, particularly header requirements and trusses. "Coordinating our
architectural details to match with their requirements so that everything
blended as uniformly as possible was a great collaboration starting with
initial design right on through shop drawings and the final build-out," noted
Since the Schweiss bifold door system was new to the Kikoski Architecture firm
(180 Varick Street, New York), incorporating bifold doors into this total
renovation was indeed a significant 'learning process.' "Important to us was
how we could push this new concept and create even more aesthetic value. A
reliable security gate was needed but we didn't want to do the standard 'roll
down' storefront which you see everywhere in this area."
The Schweiss bifolds have 2-inch tubular steel frameworks with cladding applied on
both front and back sides. For the front side, the architects applied laser-cut
corten steel panels which strengthens the steel as it rusts. The entire building
frontage is also clad in corten providing a 'natural rust' look to the entire
facade. Inside skin of the bifold doors is non-directional brushed stainless
steel panels. Adding to the special looks is internal LED lighting between the
Bifold doors bring the modern look to an existing structure. When doors are closed, who would ever know there's a store behind the scenes
Bifold doors create an awning for the storefronts when open. Creativity at its best... Rust Doors that offer the New Look
"The lighting reflects off the stainless steel which gives that cavity area a
special glow," related Darter. Lumen Architecture was the lighting designer on
this particular job. Once again a series of shop drawings and actual mockups were
part of the process.
Each of these bifolds is 18' tall giving 9' vertical clearance in the open position
plus some shade and weather protection. Both 20' and 14' widths make up the five
storefronts. Even with a very aggressive building schedule Darter said the Schweiss
team back in Minnesota worked diligently to meet the construction deadline.
"They pushed to facilitate us as best they could. We'd certainly recommend other
architectural firms take a look at Schweiss. We took their commercial airplane hangar
door and brought it to a whole different vernacular and language.
"That was the fun of this particular project. For any architectural firm the challenge
is exploring different products and then working hand-in-hand with the manufacturer to
get the best out of that product. That was certainly our experience with Schweiss,"
Concluded Andre Kikoski, "We wanted to create an iconic building to speak to the
neighborhood's emerging future as a center of art and creative energy so we designed
a unique facade that is dramatic, inventive and inspired by the industrial qualities
of the neighborhood's past.
"With cutting-edge technologies and construction techniques, we transformed this
100 foot long, 18 foot tall and 2-inch facade into a contemporary mural of light
and texture. As an expression of our trademark inventiveness and poetry and as an
innovative approach to recycling buildings and creating a destination environment
with an economy of means, the Wyckoff Exchange is truly a welcome development in
this quickly evolving and dynamic neighborhood." www.akarch.com or go email@example.com
Modern look and the large storefront doors provide excellent security for the businesses after-business hours
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