Magic Chef Building -- Noguchi ceiling
Armstrong collaborated with sculptor Isamu Noguchi in the design of this ceiling. Noguchi built a scale model of the ceiling based on Armstrong's architectural plans. You can see the final model hanging in Armstrong's office following the completion of the project's construction.
The ceiling design incorporated hidden lighting elements and various painting surfaces. While the model was kept on-site for reference by the union plasterers who erected the lath required to form the ceiling, Armstrong created detailed cross sections in both directions to make it possible for measurements and profiles to be determined and followed accurately.
You can find blog entries specifically addressing the Magic Chef Building here.
project: Magic Chef Building
location: South Kingshighway, Saint Louis, Missouri
architect: Harris Armstrong
condition: significantly modified
For more on Armstrong, see my blog architectural ruminations.
Photograph courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.