The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is a government entity responsible for both managing the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory and demonstrating the viability and necessity of ISS to America’s future. The Manhattan headquarters will not only provide office and lab facilities but will also house educational outreach and exhibition spaces.
CASIS is unique among government entities in that it funds corporate and private research in addition to academic and government projects. I sought to emphasize this unique intersection of public and private sectors by exploring systems of transparency and blurring boundaries between programmatic spaces. Rather than creating transparency through conventional material means, I used the language of conventional structural members to create permeable partitions. The result is a system of web-like forms that weave through the building, creating spatial continuity and encasing the exhibition objects. This circulation sequence allows visitors to experience all of the various functions of CASIS by situating educational and exhibit spaces adjacent to office and operations control, questioning the definition of what defines a traditional exhibition program.