Window Sail

  •  2009 - present
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Storrs Hall 123

Window Sail

A Visiting Assistant Professor is shown to her office on the first floor of a Gwathmey Siegel Building. It is a marvel of programmatic adjacencies. Behind her bookshelves, the women’s restroom; behind her door; the corridor to the metals shop; behind her desk, a colleague’s office; behind her window, a double-story atrium through which hundreds of students and faculty stream all day and night. The window is of particular note: one side is fixed, the other a “drive-thru” window that she often leaves in its full perpendicular extension. She fabricates a steel-and-paper louver system—bolted in place to secure it to the window frame specified by the architects of Gwathmey Siegel—that she can use to communicate to passers-by when she’s accepting company, and when she’s navigating her research interests privately.