New York University, 20 Cooper Square
New York, NY

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Architect: LTL Architects
The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU, is a full-floor renovation design by LTL Architects.  SITU Fabrication was contracted to fabricate a set of suspended ceiling panels for two separate spaces within the project.  The design consists of an irregular pattern of perforations that allow light to shine through from the plenum above. SITU Fabrication worked from LTL's drawing of the pattern to develop an optimized manufacturing system for the 120 unique panels.  The pattern was regenerated so that it would conform to the 2' x 4' grid defined by the standardized ceiling tile. The script was further developed to automatically number and lay out each of the panels for CNC fabrication.  The perforations were milled with a tapering detail that would make the panels appear thinner than they are when viewed from below.