Buffalo Architecture Center

Buffalo Architecture Center

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State has undertaken a major revitalization effort in the city of Buffalo. The so-called “Buffalo Billion” is being used to support major building efforts, at the center of which is a renovation of the long abandoned New York State Insane Asylum. The Asylum, designed by H.H. Richardson, sits within a Frederick Law Olmstead park. P.R.O. was invited to submit designs for a proposed Buffalo Architectural Center within the renovated building.

Our role as designer was to plan a structure and framework for a permanent exhibition highlighting Buffalo’s rich architectural and urban history within the context of the city’s economic evolution over time.

Our team designed a narrative path through Richardson’s basement catacombs, from the introduction of the radial street and grid system, to the demolition of American Landmark architecture like the Larkin Building. The space is renovated to feature large scale reconstructed details of seminal Buffalo buildings, highlighting the changing construction methodologies and their unique use of ornament. With these maquettes, visitors can access both the architectural culture that has been lost, while experiencing a hallmark building that remains.

Location:Buffalo, NY
Dates:2015
Program:Gallery
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Metropolitan Avenue Mixed Use

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Metropolitan Avenue Mixed Use

Galerie Perrotin

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Galerie Perrotin

Glossier

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Glossier

HVMoCA

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New Tenement

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New Tenement

Exhibition Luhring Augustine

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Exhibition Luhring Augustine

Van Allen Flatiron Competition

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Van Allen Flatiron Competition

Prismatic Bay Townhouse

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Prismatic Bay Townhouse

Roof by Roof

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Roof by Roof

Telfair Studio

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Telfair Studio

Cairo Tech Innovation Hub

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Cairo Tech Innovation Hub

9x18

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9x18

New New York Souvenir

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New New York Souvenir

Public Practice Exhibition

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Public Practice Exhibition

Mental Health by Design

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Mental Health by Design

Buffalo Architecture Center

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Buffalo Architecture Center

Start-Up Shed

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Start-Up Shed

Build it Back

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Build it Back

HEARTIFACTS

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HEARTIFACTS

FOLD

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FOLD