Constructed by students in the SACRA program, the Quarter House is many things: exercise in basic framing and cladding, demonstration of contemporary and historical techniques of craft, forum for social/intellectual exchange, vehicle for civic engagement, stage for presentation, and micro-environment within the larger whole.
A collaboration between John Zissovici and Dennis Maher, with Ethan Davis, these two 'buildings within the building' establish a new kind of crossing within the transept of the church. The two structures, assembled from prefabricated structural insulated panels, provide unique environments for housing a Building Arts Library and a Presentation Space while framing aspects of the overarching environment in new ways.
Cabinet Cabinet Cabinet
This project by students at the University at Buffalo, Department of Architecture, began with explorations of cabinet designs by Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1779). Students constructed replicas of Chippendale components and then retrofitted an antique cabinet in order to contain and display the assembled parts. Studio Participants: Lemma Al-Ghanem, Alyssa Bennett, Mark Brooks, Ali Elhaddad, Ryan Grace, Blake Kane, Ashwini Karve, Quincy Koczka, Natalie Lis, Adam McCullough, Kenzie McNamara, Kamillah Ramos, Crystal Schmoger, Shuiping Xiong
This University at Buffalo, Department of Architecture design studio explored the theme of the aedicule ( (literally, little building) as a framework for designing a new, intimate environment within the former Immaculate Conception Church. Students modeled portions of the church at a smaller scale and combined the rebuilt fragments in order to construct a new chapel-like space. According to John Summerson, the aedicule has psychological and philosophical underpinnings. He notes that, “This miniature temple used for a ceremonial, symbolic purpose may even enshrine one of man's first purely architectural discoveries, a discovery re-enacted by every child who establishes his momentary dominion under the table.” Studio Participants: Hashim Ailouni, Olivia Arcara, Micaela Barker, George Behn, Orghya Bhattacharjee, Dan Fiore, Robert Miller, Eric Multer, Louis Rosario, Tim Ruhl, Kim Sass, Mohammadhosein Soroush, Carl Stanbro, Marc Velocci