Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings

Directed by Sam Hobkinson, Intro by project architect William Horgan

Monday, March 27, 2017
A joint event by EMPAC and the Rensselaer School of Architecture Lecture Series

In 2001, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and his practice won the architectural competition for the design of EMPAC. Throughout the building's construction, the collaboration between Grimshaw Architects, now just Grimshaw, and Rensselaer was very close in all details of this extraordinary project.

Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings, directed by Sam Hobkinson, revisits key projects from the history of this renowned architectural practice. From Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s first scheme in 1967, through to the likes of Bath Spa, Southern Cross Station, the Eden Project, and Fulton Center, we hear first-hand from the people who bring these buildings to life, and show the inspiration, design, and occasional trials and tribulations of delivering out-of-the-ordinary buildings. EMPAC is featured in this documentary film as one of the 12 buildings.

William Horgan, partner at Grimshaw, will introduce the screening and will be available for the Q&A afterwards. He was the lead project architect of EMPAC, together with Andrew Whalley, Vincent Chang and Mark Husser, all partners in the New York office of Grimshaw. This will be a great opportunity to get to know EMPAC within the context of Grimshaw's architectural legacy. Please also reference the publicationThe Architecture of EMPAC: The Tangible and the Tantalizing by Mark Mistur with Johannes Goebel, distributed by ORO Editions, available online and at the box office of EMPAC.

Johannes Goebel
Some Kind of Joy
March 27, 2017, 6PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.