An updated version of Silo City’s Gateway Wall (see here) has won an international award. Beating out 67 other entrants from 14 countries, the objective was to experiment with building ‘skins’ that could be used in a variety of diverse scenarios.
Congrats to UB architects Nick Bruscia and Chris Romano who first designed the sculpture (2XmT) and ultimately improved the functionality of the materials that were fabricated at Rigidized Metals (located next to Silo City). The TEX-FAB SKIN International Digital Fabrication Competition award should be recognized in ways that range from ingenuity to teamwork – UB has been working with a number of local manufacturers in order to expand upon the range of utilitarian uses for existing materials. In the end, it came down to one additional design enhancement that allowed air and light to penetrate the sculpture that helped the UB team to capture top prize in the competition.
This particular partnership between UB and Silo City has proved to be particularly fruitful. Bruscia and Romano have taken an old abandoned building on the site (once home to a massive bee colony) and have created an onsite architectural studio.