Matthew Sama

Matthew Sama

Schenectady, NY, US


Downtown Buffalo Art Center (DBAC)

The facade of the building presents a monolithic aesthetic as the perforated steel slips its way from the ground floor canopy and entrance to the roof of the building and down the other side. The building has a unique contrast to its adjacent buildings providing them with a sense of nobility as it compliments their lines and form.

The ground floor consists of a raised street front and courtyard from swan street. Large workshops, a cafe and a lobby make up the interior spaces of the floor while the couryard serves as a large exterior gallery.

The perforated steel folds out above the ground floor to provide a canopy for pedestrians along swan street and periphery of the building. The first two residential floors of the building consist of accessible units equipped with both living and studio space on the same floor. Floors beyond these follow the skip step system providing acccess to each unit on the studio level. Once the building reaches a significant elevationit cantilevers over adjacent buildings meeting up with a super structures fire stair that remains structured within the site.

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Status: School Project
Location: Buffalo, NY, US