2018 March

Dana speaks at the CMUThink Pittsburgh event themed around Greening the Urban Environment. This Alumni Association University event introduces CMU’s innovative research and technology that could lead to healthier cities.

2018 March

Epiphyte Lab has been recognized as the Next Progressive design practice by ARCHITECT, The Journal of American Institute of Architects. Learn more about Epiphyte Lab’s design work in the interview with Dana.

2018 March

Dana presents Senyai: Vaulted Acoustics project at the Building Behaviors panel, 106th Annual Meeting ACSA, Denver, CO.

SENYAI: Vaulted Acoustics

| Pittsburgh, PA | Summer 2017 |

| Restaurant | Built |

Senyai Thai Restaurant is a small 340sq space striving to create unique atmosphere in the developing urban district of Pittsburgh. The ceiling, inspired by the vaulted geometry of ancient Thai architecture, incorporates acoustic and lighting performance into a contemporary spatial experience with soft ambient effects. Visual layering of ceilings fins is suggestive of movement while reducing the reverberation of sound in individual vaulted zones, thus creating localized acoustic privacy and overall dynamic character. The ceiling is formed by a series of 275 unique vertical slats that sectionally change in series in the perpendicular direction--no two slats, or vaults, are alike. The global texture of the surface and color plays with light to create a sense spatial weightlessness and visual expansion, as the eye travels beyond the each articulated edge. At the same time the slats appear as a continuous surface, mimicking an active body of water, or, in homage to the restaurant’s name (sen yai translates to “big noodles” in Thai), a bowl of hot noodles in broth.

LIT Lighting Design Awards
The American Architecture Prize 2017
Carnegie Mellon University News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Architect Magazine

| DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | PROJECT DESIGNER: Gretchen Craig | DESIGN and FABRICATION TEAM: Colleen Clifford, Sinan Goral, Tom Sterling, Trent Wimbiscus | PHOTO CREDIT: Massery Photography Inc. |