CASIS Headquarters

Maya Alexander (website)
Yale School of Architecture
1021a Architectural Design
Brief: Headquarters for the Center of Advancement of Science in Space  
Faculty: Mark Foster Gage (website)


This 50,000 SQ. FT. project located on a plinth overlooking the FDR Drive in Manhattan, provides a new headquarters for the NASA non-profit, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. The primary goal was to accommodate the increasing programmatic demands of this growing enterprise as well as expand exposure and awareness of this somewhat esoteric organization. Mimicking the dynamic and developing nature of the organization, the formal language uses the logic of a compressing fold to modulate openness and convey the feeling of movement along the facade. This ‘fold’ manifests itself as a structural armature that tracks through the building and supports floor plates and stairs, as well as creates window and skylight apertures.

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