BAM South Tower – 286 Ashland Place / 2016

ArchitectTEN Arquitectos

Executive ArchitectIsmael Leyva Architects

The new Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) South tower is a 32-story mixed use tower in Downtown Brooklyn, consisting of rental apartments, retail space, and 50,000 ft2 of space for cultural activities, including a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The primary facade system comprises aluminum composite rainscreen over metal stud panel wall construction with inset punch windows and incorporated air conditioning units. The facade is articulated into 14 facets of unique orientation and tilt, which results in folded, tilted, parallelogram panels. Horizontal and vertical incisions into the building mass create dynamic geometries and complex system interfaces.

Front initially worked as a consultant on behalf of the developer, Two Trees Management, providing an evaluation of the project geometry, system typologies, interface conditions, and resulting fabrication challenges. Front was subsequently contracted by the panel wall contractor to provide consulting services regarding procurement, thermal performance, fabrication workflow, and system detailing. The unique facade system that was developed allows for the tight fabrication tolerances typically found in aluminum curtain wall systems, with the construction and installation efficiencies of panel wall typologies.

In order to manage the large number of unique conditions and subtly complex geometry, Front also produced fully detailed 3-dimensional models of the entire facade system. Front’s custom 3-d modeling workflow enabled the automation of material take-offs, shop drawing generation, and ultimately the production of fabrication G-code files for all of the over 7,000 panels, delivered straight from Front’s model to the contractor’s CNC machines and personnel. Finally, this detailed comprehensive model could be used to QC panels as they were produced, as well as assess and correct any in-field adjustments throughout construction.