The Dickinson College, Central Energy Plant designed by Spillman Farmer Architects is located in Carlisle, United States. The new building is a layered creation of brick and aluminium. At the east elevation a stair tower marks a subtle transition from the existing to the new; here, a full-height brick wall continues the mass of the original building. As the corner is turned, the brick is progressively subtracted until it becomes a low wall on the west elevation. In its place, continuing to define the space, is an aluminium veil that is visually both solid and sheer.
The horizontal layering also suggests the building’s vertical layering. The masonry wall envelops, but does not hide, the structural elements placed independently behind it. The aluminium veil is loosely hung on the structure. Throughout, the building shows clear evidence of how it is made, its materiality expressed and unadorned.