Burnkit is an advertising and media firm located in Vancouver Canada. Their current office reflects their commitment to sustainable practices, an aspect they seek to bring to their expanded Brooklyn office. The new location is an existing building located at 42 Commercial St. Brooklyn, NY.
The concept for the new three story office was to incorporate their desire for a sustainable, collaborative, and flexible environment through a permeable building membrane that uses natural forces to support the daily functions of the building. Specifically, heat , wind, and vegetation permeate into the building providing passive heating and cooling, purified air and a sustainable food source. The building is passively heated by trombe walls on the southwest and northeast faces of the building. The wall is made from repurposed bricks, which could be found at a nearby salvage lot or reused from the original walls of the building. The bricks are placed in such a way that creates small apertures for the passage of light and air. The space is ventilated during the summer months through these apertures.
Vegetation permeates into the structure in the central atrium. Air purifying plants would be placed in the interior to create a healthier work environment. The exterior vegetation is agricultural and the primary source of food for the restaurant located within the office.