“The show starts at the sidewalk” for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) at Owens Community College. Reminiscent of mid-20th-century theaters, the entryway to the center is showcased in a glass cylinder, accented with a marquee-like architectural statement. The entry cylinder acts as the main circulation and control point. A reception desk is placed COST PER SQ FT$101.28FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms to allow visual access to the building’s main sections.
The building never strays from its main purpose as a center of art education. The lower level houses the educational performing arts, as well as the public spaces. Situated on the upper floors are the fine-arts studios and classrooms. The mechanical units are clustered in the center of a circular loop hallway, allowing each of the studios to take advantage of natural light along the perimeter.
Various finishes are used at each interior entry door to distinguish between the different functions of the building. The doorways also incorporate curvilinear features that mimic the building’s sense of movement. A color scheme of eggplant, moss green and black accents the public/performance areas; the art studios and classrooms are white for proper lighting and coloring.
Large, hinged exhibit walls can be opened for general art exhibits and closed for private shows. These walls also allow the college to combine the exhibit area with the prefunction lobby for larger events.