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 04_2020 andACTION
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 02_2020 Transported
 12_2019 Reimagining Seagram
 12_2019 Kinesthetic Theater
 06_2019 Untitled
 04_2019 Bike Stop
 04_2018 Sketching Paris
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 04_2017 Now What?!
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New York, NY
Team Members: Emily Ebersol, Abbie Probst

While Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram building has been widely celebrated for its contribution to the evolution of the corporate identity, it also represents the worst performing building envelope in Manhattan. This project uses the Seagram building as a starting point in understanding the relationship between building envelopes and energy exchange. This new facde syste utilizes wind as a natural element that is strong enough to provide a dynamic pattern of motion ithout wasting energy. Viewed from the exterior, the design will appear to ripple fluidly as the wind activates a screen of 3,000 suspended turbines.

Viewed from the interior, will provide unique views and lighting patterns. As it responds to the dynamic patterns of the wind, the façade will create a direct interface between the built and natural environments. The facade itself constantly remains motion as the wind blows through the tunnels of New York City to mimic the ever-changing and flexible corporate identity of today. As an ode to the original design of Seagrams public plaza, rather than merely providing a space for public art, the building itself becomes an evolving piece of sculpture.