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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Today's archidose #292

Here's a couple of views of 290 Mulberry Street in New York City by SHoP Architects. Photographs are by occam.

296 Mulberry St.

296 Mulberry St.

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  1. I'm new to the industry (my employer is not), and I'm dying to know what kind of relationship has to be undertaken between the architect and the tradesperson responsible for creating this kind of effect in the brickwork? Obviously the creative vision is created on the one hand, but how much input would the bricklaying expert have in order to ensure it can be pulled off?

  2. Dear Hestia Solutions, I'd rather think that maybe there was no bricklaying people at all, instead the bricks were surely layed down by robots, as in this ETH in Zurich experiment. It's worthy checking this out:

    There are lots of new possibilities opened now, imagine all that rhino scripting staff that can be sent almost directly to manufacturers...

    Amazing! Isn't it?


  3. Impressive effect, but I wonder how it will age...

  4. Anybody here could explain why this building is interesting? The effect is a waste far more than an impact from any perspective. What a shame!

  5. I can't figure out if this is a full "precast" panel to look like masonry, or if it really is masonry applied as a veneer.

    On this site all they say is "precast panel", but the sections show detailing for a masonry construction.

    Either way I think it would be more interesting if they had used red brick to make a contextual reference to the adjacent building, the grey is really underwhelming and cold here.

  6. Sorry, the site I referenced with more information is here:

  7. - Thanks for the link. Arch Daily sure knows how to visually document a project.

    It looks like veneer bricks (shallower and lighter than standard bricks) are set into concrete, making a hybrid precast panel for the facade, an L-shape based on what they're showing on that page. The back face of the brick has a tongue and groove profile that allows it to hold (much like tile set into grout with a similar profile), so it doesn't pop off the facade years later. The way the brick color matches the concrete makes it look monolithic, like it was case as such.


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