ASSEMBLE ENSEMBLE Cornell University
Design Thesis 2013: Recipient of William Downing Prize
ASSEMBLE ENSEMBLE is a school for the design, manufacturing, and exhibition of stringed instruments. It combines two methods of lutherie: master craftsmanship and factory production. The wall interface creates enclosure and form that is responsive to the adjacent program’s environmental parameters. The building system creates a moisture barrier between areas of varying humidity, dampens noise from machining, enhances sound from testing zones, and diffuses light.Using the manufacturing process as a spectacle, the building brings renewed interest to the waterfront by redefining the relationship of public space to Cleveland’s industrial past.
Following a panel review, this project was awarded the William Downing Prize, awarded to two Cornell students annually for outstanding achievement in design.
With advisors Andrea Simitch and Jenny Sabin