Course: Resilient RISD
RISD | Providence, 2016
A spatial reprogrogramming to take better advantage of waste heat produced by the glass and ceramics kilns in RISD’s Metcalf building, a 19th century industrial building used as studio and workshop space. High-heat producing spaces were placed on the ground floor to allow waste heat collected in the chimneys to heat water used for space heating in the winter and preheated hot water in the campus’ central steam plant, behind the building. The chimney becomes a hearth that warms the open studio and communal spaces on the upper floors. Cross ventilation strategies were incorporated into the new windows.