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© 2018 Aki Ishida

INSTITUTE FOR SLEEP

ARCH 2016: 2nd year BArch studio at Virginia Tech
6.5-week project
Spring 2014 to 2016

The building for Institute for Sleep, site in Midtown Manhattan on East 49th Street, is a place for scientists and doctors to conduct research on sleep. It provides offices/labs, sleep rooms for research participants, consultation spaces, a reading room accessible to the public, and a 500sf on the ground floor with an open program.

How does a building mediate light and sound?

Through the building, how do the participants in sleep research transition from the streets of New York to rooms for sleep, and back to the city?

What could a building do to protect the sleep of its inhabitants while providing connections to the outer world?