Credit: Courtesy ikon.5 architects
McGee Art Pavilion | School of Art & Design in Alfred, New York by ikon.5 architects.
The McGee Art Pavilion is an expansion to the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York. The Pavilion is designed as a large ceramic vessel for holding art and light. It is set on a plaza between two existing campus buildings on Academic Alley - the main pedestrian thoroughfare on the campus. Its ceramic façade, made of un-glazed terra cotta tubes, is a solar and rain screen. Cantilevering over a glass wall, the pavilion dramatically engages campus on-lookers as a piece of ceramic art itself and allows them to see inside the exhibition gallery, thereby putting student work on public display. Below the exhibition hall are art studios, expanded media studios, art history classrooms and support spaces. The McGee Pavilion is designed to achieve a USGBC LEED Silver certification through control of day lighting in the galleries, TPO roofing, low consumption water fixtures and high efficiency heating ventilation and air conditioning systems - including radiant heating in the exposed concrete floors of the studios and exhibition space.
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