We were hired by New York’s State University Construction Fund to design an arts complex addition, dramatically reconceiving the 1968 I.M. Pei complex on the SUNY Fredonia campus. We created a linear addition at the west facade, transforming the former service side of the building into a primary entrance. We inverted the existing material language of long concrete walls by employing a palette of metal and glass walls with accents of concrete details.
Our addition includes classrooms, sculpture and ceramics studios, performance spaces for music and dance, and a variety of shops and other shared facilities, including areas for set design and construction.
Corridors walled with tackboard double as critique spaces and informal galleries. Ceramics studios remain unadorned, built to withstand the heavy use of art making.
Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the dance studio with light, opening rehearsals to campus and turning the building into a nighttime beacon.
The existing building’s language was one of long concrete walls punctured with metal and glass, a combination we inverted to create a lighter palette where concrete is reserved for detailing. Throughout the glass façade, metal fins shade the building from heavy sun, adding texture and depth to the facades.