Transformit Gorham, ME

Project Details

Fabric 1

Supplier: Fisher Textiles

Fabric 2

Supplier: Associated Fabrics

Fabric 3

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Design Company

Architect Name
Pamela Hawkes

Architect Company
Scattergood Design

Fabrication Company

Installation Company

Please describe the project specifications

Eight 5’ x 8’ Transformit "Sentry FireFlys" suspended in the new Teen Area of the Patten Free Library of Bath, Maine. Each frame-supported "FireFly" hangs from a single point, with a stretch fabric face and a sound-absorbing fabric backer.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

Acoustic absorption was a key requirement for the Patten Free Library Teen Area, to enable a lively range of programming including films, maker workshops and group study without disturbing other patrons. The new space, with a distinctive high ceiling and curved outer wall, is carved out of an existing area within the library, so it was also important that the treatment be relatively “transparent” and preserve the character of the space. The relatively small, floating "FireFlys" satisfied both objectives. Their sail-like shape also resonated with the architect's design theme of exploration, inspired by Bath, Maine’s shipbuilding heritage, and complemented other features, such as the elevated “pilot house” study carrel.

What is unique or complex about the project?

Our standard "FireFly" is constructed with a single layer of stretch fabric, but can be modified to suit the particular needs of any installation. In this setting, the "FireFlys" feature a sewn-in Polysoft fabric backing, providing acoustic absorption in an artistic form for this study space. The acoustic fabric has less dynamic stretch than the Symmetry fabric chosen for the outer face, so our stitchers had to carefully pre-tension each "FireFly" wing before sewing the backing to the face.

What were the results of the project?

The "Acoustical FireFlys" provide the specified acoustic absorption, as well as a fitting aesthetic complement to the Library. “The 'FireFlys' add so much to this great space," said Library’s director, Lesley Dolinger. "For example, something extra thing about these we hadn’t anticipated, is they really look neat when viewed through the windows from outside. We love them.”

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