UNBUILT: Fractured Veins 

Design Team- Luke Prifogle + Dane Stokes
PennDesign 2014
Studio Instructor- Hina Jamelle
Structural Adviser- Daniel Brodkin | Principal ARUP | NYC
Structural Adviser- Matt Jackson | ARUP | NYC

Fractured Veins is a mixed use tower located in West Chelsea that holds retail, commercial, residential, and luxury that combines structural elegance with striking aesthetics. Through iterations of formal and diagrammatic transformations, based on the state change of metallic crystals in meteorites, a formal driver appeared.

Fractures in the form created structural lines up the building. This allows for a structural system that allows the form to play in between the veins of the building.

The transition of program from commercial to residential takes place along these fractures, mixing the program of the building in a new way. The veins respond to these transitions, along with the facade. The fractures cut into the building, creating a relationship of facade to interior of the building.

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