Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

Kara Biczykowski (website)
Yale School of Architecture
1021a Architectural Design (Design Studio)
Brief: Headquarters for the Center of Advancement of Science in Space
Faculty: Michael Young (website)


The project attempts to meet many of the organization’s visions through the building’s aesthetic design. The design intends to act as a transition between Earth and an alien world; a reference to stepping out of the present and into the future. The building’s appearance and relationship to the site separates itself from many of the surrounding buildings. Casis gently positions itself on two feet, which arch over a slight impression in the ground for public access into the building and passage through the site. The passage, or “belly” of the building, reveal hidden views into the atrium. The atrium, constructed as a draping ornamental skin, is further alienated from Earth. A switch between a low resolution exterior to a high resolution on the interior inflicts memories of Earth. The interior highlights our society as one which is becoming advanced in outer space technology and success in scientific explorations. The use of symmetry inflicts effects of estrangement and unearthliness. The atrium is never fully conceived as symmetrical to the eye until one enters the cupola, a 360 degree digital viewing device to look at Earth as if from outer space, at the top level. Here viewers can either choose to look into the atrium’s symmetry or back at the Earth they left behind.  

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