Annie Block | May 01, 2012
When principal René Mateo first walked into the lobby, he was met with a decorative flashback: avocado marble walls, a surfeit of steel and glass. He ushered in more contemporary aesthetics in the guise of a concept he calls "modular origami," in other words establishing visual continuity through recurring angles. A bronze-colored aluminum-resin composite, formed into panels that resemble origami unfolded but only partially smoothed, covers a sidewall. Across the ceiling, stretched PVC forms a giant black-and-white mosaic. Replacing the two run-of-the-mill street entrances, white-lacquered iron latticework doors pivot open. Just passing through.