He, She & It is a structure composed of three distinct buildings for three spatial needs, located in New York, designed by Davidson Rafailidis.
The 1400 sf building houses a work space for a painter, a ceramist / silversmith, and a greenhouse. Each space offers an atmosphere which differs radically from the others. The distinct atmospheres of the spaces reflect not only their respective uses, but also, the predilections of the clients.
He is a painter. His studio is a white box. There are no window in his work space; it is exclusively top-lit, offering even and indirect, natural light, and maximizing the wall surface area for painting.
She is a ceramist and a silversmith. Her work space has a dedicated area for the messy, wet ceramic work and the delicate jewelry-making. Her space offers large windows with generous views and dramatic lighting, ranging from dimly-lit areas to very bright desk areas. Her studio is lined entirely with soft, soaped, maple, preserving its intense, raw wood smell.
It (they) consists of seedlings in spring and plants in winter — clients with a very simple wish for maximum light and year-round above-freezing temperatures. The polycarbonate shell is translucent, offering a zone of almost-outdoor space to the two other work spaces, without any direct views.
The spaces are grouped to form a cluster of three mono-pitched sheds. At the wall surfaces where these distinct sheds connect, the walls are completely removed up to a height of 6' 8". The remaining ridge wall segments above act as structural trusses to span the openings freely, making the structure seem to hover over the open ground floor. Whereas He, She & It appear as independent, materially distinct volumes, structurally and climatically they depend on one another. Folding-sliding doors enable the users to either divide the space into three rooms, or open the plan entirely.