Pratt Institute - Higgins Hall Insertion Steven Holl Architects When I attended Pratt that space was occupied by the Architecture Resource Center (where I worked 5 years) and the main theater. The year after I left there was a fire and that portion of the building burned, it was replaced by this. We did not have studio spaces so this was a welcomed addition to Higgings Hall.
Nakamura’s Optical Glass House is composed of roughly 6000 glass blocks strung together by stainless steel. The soundproof blocks not only cancel out the bustling cars and trams but they also create a façade that functions much like an urban noren -allowing light and air to pass through while revealing only a mosaic of the lush garden inside.