Garment Factory

spatial design

Professor :: Stella Betts + David Leven

site :: Long Island City

Fall 20117


The process of designing the Garment Factory is like dressing a body (frame) in a type of semi-translucent garment (fabric). The intention is to create a sequence of immersive spaces that engage with multiple senses of the body: sensitivity to light and warmth, visual pleasure, and tactile materiality.


An iterative process of model-making examines possibilities of light/shadow with fabric wrapped, twisted, knotted around a wooden frame. In the final design, different variations of fabric weaving panels are suspended from the grid-frame structure for conditions of lightness and openness.

Perspective long section showing factory and workspaces.

Berlin Kulturforum

spatial design

Professor :: Henry Richardson

site :: Berlin, Germany

Fall 2015


The Museum of 20th century Art explores the concept of framing connections between different elements of the surrounding historic and modern context of Berlin’s Kulturforum. The design references significant cultural icons embedded near the site, from the grid-like geometry of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie to the sculptural volume of Hans Sharoun’s Philharmonie. The resulting architecture is an expression of an iterative process in which planes are intersected, subtracted, folded to respond to site and programmatic conditions. There is a focus on public access, views, and the play of light and shadow. The final project is a system that facilitates the conscious movement of city walkers both in the public space and within the exhibition corridors.

Site plan : 1. Kunstgewerbe — museum 2. Gemäldegalerie — museum 3. Berlin Philharmonie — concert hall 4. Kammermusiksaal — concert hall 5. Kulturforum project 6. Mattaus-Kirche — church 7. Neue Nationalgalerie — museum 8. Staatsbibliotek — library