How can a design concept work as the unifying element that blends together all the unique parts of a structure to form a working building? When working to design the new dormitories of Pratt Institute, we wanted to create a facade system, unit and programmatic organization, and an all-around working structure that could all be encompassed within a building of simple yet monumental design. The design concept began with two specific analogs: heart rot dicease (a fungal disease that causes the decay of wood at the center of the trunk and branches) and the physical relationship of muscles and ligaments. The voids or fractures being carved out of the structure alter program, space, unit organization, and even the way the perforated facade "stretches and rips" as it interacts with them; thereby creating a structure whose entirety is altered by the initial concept that gave it life. Proving that concept is not simply jumping of point for design, but rather, the single most important element which alters the essence of structure.
INTERIOR DAYLIGHTING / PASSIVE COOLING & HEATING