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En Plein Air Tower
       
     
En Plein Air Tower

New York, New York

 

This project was done during my semester at the Center for Architectural Science and Ecology in Manhattan, so there was a focus on sustainability.The proposal, the Plein-Air Tower, is located in Downtown Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge. It utilizes an operable ETFE skin to redirect existing wind flows and create an interstitial boundary layer for year-round thermal comfort through natural ventilation and self-shading. This interstitial boundary layer is in between the program cores and the ETFE skin. This layer not only creates thermal comfort, but also interesting spaces in which you feel as though you are outside but are not. This unique level of comfort makes this tower different than other towers in Manhattan where outdoor spaces at higher levels are impossible.

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