Jenny Sabin Studios, Ithaca, N.Y., is known for using knitting technologies to create structural and architectural applications. Sabin’s “exoKnit” at Neue House in New York City is a recent example of the designer pushing knitting beyond its traditional boundaries. The exoKnit project is a community-centered, public pavilion pergola designed for an urban street experience generated from necessity due to the pandemic. The interior surface of the pergola is made of of soft, digitally knitted, responsive fibers that change color and glow in response to an integrated lighting system and changing programs. An exterior membrane of custom-designed vinyl components provides some protection from the elements during the changing seasons.
According to the studio’s website, “for design and architecture in the public realm, Jenny Sabin Studio advocates for a bottom-up, localized approach, where wider experiences and diversity are key to not only promoting but also physically generating projects. It also believes that “collaboration across disciplines, practice and industry fosters inclusivity and diversity.” Photos: Jenny Sabin Studio