AS / SHoP Architects

Spotted:  A SHoP designed screen featured in the background of this photo accompanying a recent New York Times article about the invention of “Hashtags”.   This screen was one of several in a series we designed for a large office tenant fit-out, helping to personalize and give identity to the space.

The design of the screen is based on a simple tiling of cubes. The cube is modified by removing the material at two opposite corners along “bias” cuts. These modules are then mirrored and stacked into a configuration that looks solid in elevation but allows views through as one moves around the screen. Because the design is scalable, we were able to create a finer screen at the entry lobby, with the company’s logo applied to the varying surface layers of the screen. Viewed head-on the logo is clearly legible, but from an angle, the front desk personnel can see through the openings to the elevator banks behind, a critical requirement of the design.  A larger screen which functions as display shelving was developed for an adjacent lounge area.
Several fabrication strategies were tested including folding recycled HDPE and cardboard, dado-cutting MDF and break folding aluminum and metal composite panels. The final solution involved fabricating the modules individually. Each was made from six beveled edged triangles, precision cut from 1/4″ and 1/2″SDF sheets and painted for a glossy finish. These modules were then stacked and finally bolted together for structural rigidity.




Diagram of a single module



Folding Test


Aluminum prototype







The client’s dedication to indoor air quality and a healthy built environment was paramount to the project.  During the construction process, the client asked the manufacturer of each building material to register with the Healthy Building Network’s  Pharos Project, which scores materials for their ‘environmental, health and social practices.’ 1 The Pharos ratings were used to make informed decisions about which materials to select.  In our research for environmentally friendly materials, we discovered SierraPine’s  Arreis SDF (Sustainable Design Fiberboard),  a new recycled wood fiber product made from sustainable forestry sources and a low VOC-emitting binder.2 The modules, which were fabricated by Welborn Henson in Atlanta, GA, were primed and painted with Mythic Paint, a non-toxic, VOC- and carcinogen- free paint.3





By "Paúl Rivera/Archphoto”


Spotted: Senior Vice President Of Engineering At Google, Vic Gundotra appears in a commercial with the Modular Screen featured in the background.

3 Responses to “Modular Screen”

  1. Sweet.

  2. That’s amazing. Kent Bloomer would be proud.

  3. RAD!!! Great job guys… NYT! woo!

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