BNIM staff present prototypes at Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop
BNIM's April Trotter, Elvis Achelpohl, and Kylie Schwaller presented their prototype mockups at this year's Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW). In its seventh year, ACAW "bring together professionals from the architectural industry and academia, offering participants the opportunity to explore innovative building solutions and further their understanding of architectural terra cotta for large-scale assemblies."
BNIM studied and prototyped an ornamental terra cotta band that can be integrated into a typical masonry rain screen wall. It manifests as a decorative trim piece that will be coursed into the brick rainscreen, as well as a horizontal louver which provides solar shading for windows in the facade. After numerous explorations, the team came up with a sculpted, ram pressed unit that would play with light and shadow when seamlessly integrated into a brick facade.