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Inhabitable Skin

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Inhabitable Skin

New York, New York

The “Inhabitable Skin” is an ongoing research project to investigate the use of Polymer Matrix Composites at a larger scale in the building industry. The skin acts as a three-dimensional monocoque structure replacing the existing masonry veneer on high-rise buildings in an effort to revitalize the urban environment while adding rentable square footage. The form of the skin is an exploration into the structural morphology of composites influenced by structural and environmental constraints. In this specific evolution of the concept, the surface is rippled to provide passive shading against midday solar heat gain. The overall form is an assembly of shop fabricated story-high components that are field bolted together to complete the monocoque structure. Composites are the most compelling choice for this type of structure based on its unique structural and formal requirements.

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