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Hayes Hall, University at Buffalo SUNY, 2016

Corian, custom-fabricated bent metal joints, metal panels, white oak, industrial felt, hardware


The challenge for the project was to create a flexible display system for the lobby of Hayes Hall that could accommodate the needs of a variety of exhibitions over a number of years. The modular units can be re-configured to best suit the particular display and can be arranged as furniture within the space between exhibitions. The units are small enough to be easily movable within the space and between floors of the building. The wood frames were built in-house by students in the Materials and Methods Shop at the School of Architecture. 

We also worked with several local companies who generously supported the project through their expertise, their time and material donations. ATECH-SEH/Deronde for example provided tireless technical feedback and worked through iterative mock-ups to perfect the metal joints. While DuPont donated and cut to size many colorful sheets of Corian that were developed at their R&D lab in Tonawanda for research into different color possibilities and compositions of the material. These mismatched samples add both character and playfulness to the display system.


With Tyler Gates, Kalyn Faller, Elizabeth Gilman, Shannon Riley, Ashley Chiffy, Thomas Mulligan, Dave Edwards, Allie Volungus, Lesley Loo, Kim Taracena, Julia Hunt, Bradley Davis

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