Purple STEAM


Purple S.T.E.A.M., a robotically printed pavilion designed by artist Volkan Alkanoglu, has recently been installed in Durham, North Carolina. The project, a public art addition accompanying the recently completed Durham County Main Library, compliments the building’s public forecourt.

With the use of novel technologies and its dynamic form, the 3D printed art creates a spatial ambiguity and visual effects, which are created by the merging, blending, and overlaying of its thousands of individual elements. The pavilion appears to transform throughout the day as the light changes from day and night. This environment offers a sense of place where visitors can read stories, connect, or start a conversation.

Design: VA | DESIGN
Project Team: Volkan Alkanoglu
Structural Engineering: YetiWeurks
Landscape and Light: Carolina Outdoor Lighting Professionals, Inc.
Fabrication and Installation: Branch Technology
Photography: Ryan Tyler Martinez
Client: Durham County Government
Location: Durham County Main Library, Durham NC
Date: 2020
Status: Completed