Sanderson Center, Mississippi State University, MS , Feb 2010 – June 2010 [ design + fabrication ]
This is a commission by the Department of Recreational Sports for a new reception desk at the front entry lobby of the Sanderson Center on the university campus. Inspired by the building’s primary function as a space for the wellness of the human body, the design for the reception desk takes on a composition inter-connected elements. These elements consist of a main structural spine, a series of ribs, tendons, muscles mass and finally an enveloping skin. A repetitive row of vertical black-stained plywood hold up a welded steel spinal tube forms the overall rhythm. Theses ribs are held together in tension by horizontal steel rods pinned at both ends. Several folded steel shelves are then held up in place within the ribs and steel robs. Finally, a skin of solid maple flooring planks are laid over the entire series of ribs to form the countertop and table top of the desk.