NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
PHASE / CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
SIZE / 100,000 SF

As the preeminent institution of fashion and design education in the country, the Fashion Institute of Technology is unique for the fact that it is located directly in the heart of the fashion industry that it teaches. However, the school lacks a clear presence. One of the primary goals of the design is to create an iconic building that would form a lasting identity for the school. The proposed addition to the C building, known as the New Academic Building, is highlighted by a multi-layered transparent and translucent glass façade. Contained within this thickened facade are nested the primary circulation, review and exhibition spaces connecting the design studios with the skylit student quad on the 5th floor. Just as a loom builds form and structure simultaneously, the new building will allow structural systems, environmental technologies, and visual permeability to be interwoven and experienced simultaneously fostering a vibrant design environment.