Text description provided by the architects. Aperture 538 is a 10 unit multi-family residence located in the neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on Washington Avenue near Fulton Street.
Central to the exterior is a copper screen, finished to a corten appearance, perforated with an abstracted image of the Brooklyn Bridge and modified for light and air requirements.
The flat, warm brown face of the building is meant to continue the rhythm of brownstones present on Washington Avenue. Unlike the brownstones however, this face moves – shutters in front of windows and balconies can be opened to allow residents direct views out to the tree-lines street.
A code limitation of 10” projection determined the module of the copper panels comprising the façade. The bi-fold shutters are comprised of 1/8” copper on a steel substructure. They pivot and slide along trolleys to open.
The result is a dynamic façade where light filters through, an iconic image of Brooklyn is glimpsed, and activity is visible. The remainder of the exterior takes a background role with brown framed windows sliding along the grid of black structurally insulated panels.
At the rear of the building, railings are black to match the building’s paneling but are perforated to match the front’s copper screen.
Kitchens use a palette of cervaiole, white lacquer, glass, and mystery oak Shinnoki with glassos. Bathrooms have greater variety in material identity and configuration.
The ground floor duplex and fifth floor penthouse have bold striato tiled Master Bathrooms.Other Master Bathrooms are tiled in carrara and bamboo carrara, ‘bamboo’ referring to its undulating texture. Guest Bathrooms throughout enjoy a neutral warm palette of white glassos and Bamboo Crema d’Orcia.
From the shutters to the bathroom walls, tactility, identity, and warmth permeate the design for the Clinton Hill Residences.