Unveiling of "Caution Sails"

Rendering by John Lauder.

Rendering of "Caution Sails" by John Lauder

Please join us on Friday, December 17, at the Niagara Falls Public Library (Earl W. Brydges Building) for the opening of the library’s new maker space and unveiling of “Caution Sails, an installation designed and fabricated by students at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. 

Friday, December 17, 10:00 am

Niagara Falls Public Library, Earl W. Brydges Building
1425 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Consisting of thirteen perforated Dacron screens, the “Caution Sails” project was conceived as a design response to the library’s use of caution tape to cordon-off its western stacks (implemented in 2018 as a life safety measure due to the building’s heaving floors), for the purpose of contributing to a more positive overall image and experience of the building for its community.

The sails—in shape and color—complement the angular forms and accents of the building’s architecture, designed by Paul Rudolph. While limiting physical access to the stacks, the sails allow for visual porosity and the transmission of light through their shape, perforation, and materiality. Each can be easily mounted or removed, and rearranged to form a variety of overall rhythms and patterns down the length of the building’s main reading room.

Students will also unveil a detailed one-eighth-inch scale model of the building (representing its original form as constructed in 1974), to be displayed as a tool for better understanding its distinctive architecture and subsequent modifications.

Meet the team behind "Caution Sails"

Project Lead: John Lauder

Faculty: Gregory Delaney

Design Team: John Lauder, Brian Nicpon, Austin Wyles

Fabrication Team: Rocco Battista, Denice Guillermo, John Lauder, Katerina Nelson, Revathi Nithipalan, Nicole Stout, Cole Wishman

Additional Faculty: Brett Doster

Project Funding: Niagara Falls Public Library

Special Thanks & Support: Sarah Potwin, Courtney Geerhart, Niagara Falls Public Library Board of Trustees