New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred Univ., McGee Art Pavilion, School of Art and Design

Alfred, New York

  • FIRM

    ikon.5 architects


    State University Construction Fund

  • AREA

    19,000 sq.ft.





The 19,000-square-foot addition to the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, N.Y., is designed as a large ceramic vessel for holding art and light. It is set on a plaza between two existing campus buildings on the main pedestrian campus thoroughfare.

Its ceramic facade, made of unglazed ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$315.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio cotta tubes, is a solar and rain screen. The unglazed terra cotta tubes that make up the screen are expressive of ceramic art objects being created inside and the heritage of western New York, which has been innovative in ceramic and glass technology since the 19th century. The art pavilion houses a large, flexible student exhibition space and mezzanine, an immersive black box, expanded media and ceramic studios.

The expansion is designed to achieve LEED silver certification through control of daylighting 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.