Himma Architecture Studio/Office dA

The building's skin was inspired by the client's own business: fashion. Reminiscent of a pleated skirt, down to the suggestion of a bent leg along the main façade, the screen wraps the building like a piece of clothing, masking a simple, clean-lined form.

The polygonal "pleats" were inspired by such fashion elements as a dress pattern.

The building's skin was inspired by the client's own business: fashion. Reminiscent of a pleated skirt, down to the suggestion of a bent leg along the main façade, the screen wraps the building like a piece of clothing, masking a simple, clean-lined form.

The polygonal "pleats" were inspired by such fashion elements as a dress pattern.

Section The section plan of the building) allows maximum light into the entry spaces and fosters communication between the different clothing brands operating in the doubleheight studios.

Wall section The perforated metal skin helps control glare without the need for shades, in part because of the angle of the pleating. Metal is laid over a support framework that is suspended from the glass curtain wall, which in turn attaches to the structural system of the building.

Façade layers The perforated metal skin helps control glare without the need for shades, in part because of the angle of the pleating. Metal is laid over a support framework that is suspended from the glass curtain wall, which in turn attaches to the structural system of the building.

The size of the infill site informed several programming choices, including the combination of the building's lobby with one of its showcase spaces: the theater and catwalk.

The visual connection to the sidewalk serves to remind fashion show viewers of the people the clothing is designed for. In the double-height spaces on the upper floors, the diamond shape of the structural columns is meant to reflect the pleating and perforations of the skin outside.

Floor plan The size of the infill site informed several programming choices, including the combination of the building's lobby with one of its showcase spaces: the theater and catwalk.

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