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REFAB Factory

REFAB Factory in Bush Terminal adopts a circular “Take, Make, Reuse” attitude. The factory gathers pre- and post-consumer waste; creates jobs through mending, artisanal upcycling, natural dyeing, and material-tracking; and gives the garments a second life as respun fabric for local designers, recycled insulation for adjacent warehouses, and so on. REFAB conveys textiles through its thickened mass timber filigree both on the façade and in the interior. Interior volumes increase in size in the higher stories, finding their expression in the façade. Floorplates cross over each other, allowing for visual connections between production and relief spaces. In REFAB, the factory worker is no longer subservient to the layout of machine processes, but flourishes in a space of light and personal growth.