Bowdoin Museum of Art
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art renovation by Machado & Silvetti features a custom Zahner patinated surface and structural elements at its entry.
The new building entrance resembles a glass box on three sides, with the remaining portion clad in a Zahner fabricated naval brass with a custom bronze patina. The patinated metal panels continue from the exterior to the interior angled soffit, completing a dramatic entry for the museum’s 19th Century collection.
The tower has a number of symbolic aspects in its design. Its square base forms the letters U and C on alternating sides. Above these letters, the main wooden shafts rise in the form of hammers. These motifs reflect the fraternity's motto, "The torch burns; the hammers ring." At the top, a beam of light shines through a stylized stainless steel torch and changes colors through the use of a computer program.