Clayton Fry / Architect LEED AP

mail[at]claytonfry.com

Fall 2011

Off the Grid

Governors Island 247365

Professor Troy Schaum / Rice University

Program: As part of new development on Governors Island, proportionally distribute 200,000 cubic feet between retail, greenhouse and exhibition space.

Strategy: In contrast to the density of Manhattan Island, the proposal for Governors Island is a strategy for new development and serial construction, questioning the territory of ownership and the boundaries between public and private.

Form: The pattern of development is formulated from a series of shifting grids allowing for flexibility while maintaining an ordered infrastructure within the network.

Construction: Using a repeating module, the building mediates between repetition and difference. Contained within twelve units, the greenhouse circulates overhead, private retailers house the ground floor, and the lower level houses the museum and retail space, which serves as the foundation for expansion.


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