Iridescent signage for an experimental performance space, embracing curves and avoiding right angles.
At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is a $350 million facility housing experimental performance spaces, offices, artist-in-residence studios, a gallery, a cafe, and a radio station. The wayfinding program draws on three forces for inspiration. The unique shapes derive from principles of acoustic design, avoiding right angles and embracing curved lines; the reflective iridescent finishes, constantly changing color, are inspired by the sunset paintings of the Hudson River School; and the construction techniques correspond with the details of the architecture. Architects: Grimshaw, Davis Brody Bond Aedas.