In 1992, the Wisconsin College Lutheran embarked on expansion of its fine-arts program to meet the growing needs of the school and cultural needs of the community.
The exterior design and materials for the building needed to reflect the architectural pattern established by the Romanesque architectural character of the campus. Music rehearsal and performance spaces COST PER SQ FT$140.45FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms to be acoustically engineered to proved true and balanced sound for audience and performers, and for recording purposes. Aesthetic appearance was considered of significant importance in relation to functional utility. The building must be configured in such a way to maximize the interrelationships among the various performing arts.
The new fine-arts center is a three-story, 57,000-square-foot rectangular building. The first floor contains performance and rehearsal spaces for theater and music. An atrium/interior street penetrates through the building connecting the campus to the public entrance. This "street" serves as a lobby and pre-function space for theater and concert events. Communications, lecture hall and control rooms are located at the mezzanine level. The second floor, at quadrangle level, contains art, music and gallery space. Each department opens to the atrium/interior street.
The palette of building materials is consistent with other campus buildings using limestone, pitched tile roofs and red brick masonry. Four hipped roof towers give the building scale and set it apart from other campus buildings. Each tower contains mechanical equipment to control a quadrant of the building.
Photographer: ©Edward Purcell