Metal’s Mettle – Scratching the Surface of Potential

Erin Baily

June 3, 2014


Metal. It is economical. It is recyclable. It is beautiful. And it is a material Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects’ designs often incorporate. Thanks to digital fabrication, if you can fold it with paper, you (or better yet, a robot “you”) can fold it in metal. Who knew? We did.

Case in point (or fin, as the case would be here), the University of California, Davis Medical Center parking structure. The Academic Information Resource Center at California State University, Sacramento is another example. These projects not only illustrate metal’s mettle, but are a testament to our firm’s creative use of the material.

Metal as a material is “perfect”, some would say. OK – Jason A. Silva, AIA, a Design Principal with D&B, says that. He says that and a lot more in the latest article in Metal Architecture magazine, “Just Like Origami”. Check it out here or click the image below.


UC Davis Medical Center Parking Structure III

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