EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

The Empac Conference Center in Troy, NY, is an original piece of architecture designed by Grimshaw that combines different types of spaces under a single roof: small studios and labs are located alongside a 1200-capacity concert hall and a 400-seater theatre. The custom seats for both stalls areas, in leather-bound American maple, were all produced and installed by Poltrona Frau Custom Interiors. 

Troy New York, United States

Designed by
Nicholas Grimshaw

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw graduated with Honours from the Architectural Association in 1965. He immediately started his own practice and won many architectural awards for his buildings in the 1960s and 1970s. These buildings were noted for their innovative approach to construction and detailing. In 1980 Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners Ltd was formed continuing this tradition, winning much acclaim and over 150 awards for architecture and civic design. The company’s work is characterised by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design.

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