2016 AIA Triangle Scholarship Nominee
The project site is located downtown Raleigh on the corner of Jones and Blount Streets. The current parking lot is to be converted to a site that will house the Raleigh Performing Arts Center. The site slopes a total of 10 feet from east to northwest. The program must allow for 120 parking spaces on site, a main auditorium that seats 300 people, ticketing office, lobby, separate black box to seat 100 people, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, administrative offices, and space for required supporting roles.
The driving concept was a push out of the box that paired organized control with passion that is ignited by the arts. The offices, classrooms, and black box were confined and controlled within a rectangular form while the main auditorium broke away and has been transformed to an elliptical form. In that move, the grid of control has been transitioned to the netting over the lobby creating dynamic light and shadow. With the parking garage below, guests and patrons can ascend up the escalator into this dynamic transitional space. Walking down the hall toward the offices, panels line the hall to create a streetscape of artifact niches and door openings. The space planning is organized to promote creativity and efficency.
This project was a comprehensive project consisting of Site Plan, Floor plans, two Building Sections, all Exterior Elevations, Structural Plans, Mechanical Layouts, and a Cost Estimate.