Paul Housberg was approached to create six art glass walls for the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University designed by Hopkins Architects (London) in collaboration with Payette Associates (Boston). The walls are located at the north and south ends of the central corridor of the office wing of the building, one pair on each of three floors.
The project presented some unique opportunities, most importantly to create six related installations that introduce color, warmth, and an individual identity to each of the levels. Housberg designed the walls with his signature sawtooth glass tiles but incorporated tapered thin bands of color reminiscent of ikat, a type of weaving. Each 5′w x 9′h wall is backlit.
The walls represent tertiary opposites on the color wheel with a vertical gradient, lighter at the bottom, darker at the top. The color combinations include:
- First floor north: orange/yellow – south: blue/violet
- Second floor north: yellow/green – south: violet/red
- Third floor north: blue/green – south: red/orange
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Internationally Acclaimed Design Firms Choose Glass Artist Paul Housberg for Princeton project
Six Art Glass Walls designed and created by RI artist
When Princeton University selected London-based Hopkins Architects and collaborating firm Payette Associates of Boston to design their new Frick Chemistry Laboratory, project leaders at the two firms knew glass artist Paul Housberg was a natural fit to introduce art to their design boards.
Housberg, based in Jamestown, RI, is recognized around the globe for his innovative use of glass in architecture, including work in hospitality, corporate, healthcare, public, and residential spaces. Noted for his inventive applications of artistic glass in architectural settings, Paul Housberg believes that the tactile qualities of glass and the expression of its materiality are central to his works.
For the Princeton Frick Chemistry Laboratory project Housberg designed six art glass walls (two each on three floors of the building) that introduced color, warmth, and an individual identity to each of the levels of the building. Housberg was approached for his unique expressive approach to glass art, suggestive of DNA mapping, which fits nicely with the culture of Princeton and the environment they wished to create in their new chemistry lab.
In reference to the project Housberg said,
People have an emotional response to color and this project offered an opportunity to work with pure, intense, luscious color. It was a privilege to work on this project because of the location, scale, and prestige, not only of the client, but of the architects as well.
The outcome is timeless art that is vibrant, exploratory, and intricate; all qualities that scientists hold in high regard.
Hailing from Jamestown, RI, Paul Housberg is a graduate of and has instructed at Rhode Island School of Design. Housberg is internationally trained and recognized around the world for his glassworking technologies.