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Farah Ahmad

Farah Ahmad

New York, NY, US

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Hudson River meets Highline- my concept of a green landscape over a green museum
Hudson River meets Highline- my concept of a green landscape over a green museum
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Hudson River Environmental Museum

The creation of a 50,000 sq. ft environmental museum, as part of a current trend of green museums. The building is green in terms of exhibit themes, operation, and design. The green roof, which serves as a public park, is a separate, yet integrated entity of the museum below. The building reuses and recycles the piles of an existing pile field, and meshes the visitor's interior and exterior experiences, both visually and conceptually. The program is designed to teach visitors about sustainability, while the circulation allows one to view the Hudson River straight ahead, upon arrival. The greenhouse is one exhibit which physically connects the interior environment of the museum with the exterior outdoor rooftop park. Those up on the roof deck can peer into the south-facing greenhouse and see into the museum below. Moreover, a central skylight atop the roof, echoes the central circulation down below, also accomodating sustainable operation of the museum through less reliance on electricity, and allowing for the filtering of natural daylight. The green roof also serves to capture storm water, preventing runoff.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Tribeca, NY
My Role: Designer

 
Plan view- perimeter paving to evoke the edge condition of the site- allow public to access a public park upon the roof of this museum
Plan view- perimeter paving to evoke the edge condition of the site- allow public to access a public park upon the roof of this museum
South elevation- integration of photovoltaic panels upon the facade
South elevation- integration of photovoltaic panels upon the facade

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