PRATT INSTITUTE, HIGGINS HALL INSERTION
Brooklyn, NY, United States, 1997 - September 2005
PROGRAM: wing for an architecture school containing: lobby, gallery, studios, auditorium, digital resource center, review room, gallery terrace, workshops
SIZE: 22,500 sq ft
The dissonance between the floor plates is opened at the center with panes of clear glass, allowing a view to the east court and marking an entry to the west. A two-throated skylight marks the top, striking dissonance and joining two types of light. South and north light are combined analogous to harmonious sounds in a dissonant chord. Brick from the burned section is recycled into a slumped brick and concrete base forming an entrance and viewing terrace. Rising from the burnt brick is a concrete frame supported on 6 columns spanned with concrete and sheathed with structural glass planks. An economical industrial material with translucent insulation, the planks span between floors, creating a translucent glow at night.