Art Gallery, Buffalo
In the prime location of Downtown Buffalo, an Art Gallery has been proposed on brownfield land. The site is next to the Metro station and is in the mid of historic buildings fabric in that area. The project is named as THRESHOLD as the design represent fabric vs the object breeding the ideology represented sometimes differently by the means of visual aesthetics or functional aspects and new to uplift the community and scenery of the site and its relation to the surroundings.
The Fabric building (offices and administration) respect the existing site by bringing something familiar to not only the orthogonal shape of the existing building but through the use of materiality. The concept is to funnel people into different spaces.
The Art Gallery with triangular angle panels of the facade and use of materiality of the object building give off different perspectives as you circulate around the exterior of the building. This allows for an ever-changing environment. The use of slits on the façade facing the historic ornamented Ellicott building is framed on the north. The top 3 floors of Gallery giving a floating effect allowing pedestrians below to enjoy the glimpses of artwork while walking or waiting for the train.
"Threshold": Object vs Fabric in the city
"Object": Art Gallery
Threshold: Outdoor Plaza between Object & Fabric
Circulation & movement
Wall Section & Structural system
Third floor Interior Gallery
Top floor Interior Gallery
Cafe & rear entrance
Window viewing walkway
Analyzing interior proportions through physical modelling
Analyzing proportions through physical modelling
The "Object" in nightlight of the city