The assigned program for this academic project was a design and art school for Cornell on the Highline. in response, our project suggest that a school and a place of learning can be a 'viewing machine' through which the public as well as students could experience the city and the Highline. It was important for the overall intentions of filtering and viewing the city to be expressed not just in plan and section but in the details of the facade and skin as well.
This framing and filtering of views and program came to life in a powerful way on the avenue corner of the ground floor. Here the building mechanically opens and closes at the start and end of each day, thereby making the open-plan of the ground floor accessible or not to the public. Public circulation in the building occurs in a large elevator in the courtyard. As one travels from floor to floor the 'inhabitable frame' increases the amount of layers and density of frames through which one experiences the activity and program occurring in and beyond the building.