PRINCETON, NJ.- When Princeton University selected London-based Hopkins Architects and collaborating firm Payette Associates of Boston to design their new Frick Chemistry Laboratory, project leaders at the two firms knew glass artist Paul Housberg was a natural fit to introduce art to their design boards.
Housberg, based in Jamestown, RI, is recognized around the globe for his innovative use of glass in architecture, including work in hospitality, corporate, healthcare, public, and residential spaces. Noted for his inventive applications of artistic glass in architectural settings, Paul Housberg believes that the tactile qualities of glass and the expression of its materiality are central to his works.
For the Princeton Frick Chemistry Laboratory project Housberg designed six art glass walls (two each on three floors of the building) that introduced color, warmth, and an individual identity to each of the levels of the building. Housberg was approached for his unique expressive approach to glass art, suggestive of DNA mapping, which fits nicely with the culture of Princeton and the environment they wished to create in their new chemistry lab. In reference to the project Housberg said, People have an emotional response to color and this project offered an opportunity to work with pure, intense, luscious color. It was a privilege to work on this project because of the location, scale, and prestige, not only of the client, but of the architects as well. The outcome is timeless art that is vibrant, exploratory, and intricate; all qualities that scientists hold in high regard.
Hailing from Jamestown, RI, Paul Housberg is a graduate of and has instructed at Rhode Island School of Design. Housberg is internationally trained and recognized around the world for his glassworking technologies.