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Weight of Light

This project, located north of NYC in Hudson Valley, is dedicated to the Bard Prison Initiative. The program is simple: a 5000-square foot office space plus a 7000-square foot gallery space. Our proposal places the entire building underground and introduces a green, walkable platform on the rooftop. Several cast-acrylic “weights of light” are embedded into the building’s surfaces. Light reflects, refracts, and passes through the uneven surfaces of these lighting devices to create unique atmospheres and spaces for people to experience. People can go up, down, in, and around these artifacts. The natural daylighting provides an honest depiction of the lighting conditions outside, allowing these spaces dedicated to light to serve as educational tools for the institute.