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Water Damage

in collaboration with:
Jack Hymowitz

Through the development of the drop ceiling as an architectural assembly, the design examines the dereliction of the ceiling as an elemental barrier, in the form of a catastrophic failure of a leak. Beginning with a flat dry surface, three iterations of panels range in increasing dampness that culminate in a drip. This panel incorporates a light fixture, which shines through a translucent membrane in the extremity of the drip. At the perimeter of each panel, contours smooth down to the base to facilitate a continuity with adjacent panels, fastened by the frame. The coloration of the modules directly relates to its presence in the environment: in the Mikvah, a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism, the panels mimic the condensation which occurs in the small, steamy space, whereas the panels in the subway station evoke a dank environment, where mold flourishes amid the leaky ceiling.

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