Central Washington University’s Department of Music is known as the premier music school in the Pacific Northwest. The design team’s goal was to create a building with teaching and performance spaces that are architecturally and acoustically commensurate with the music performed therein.
One wing is dedicated to the functional components of ASSOCIATED FIRMPerformance ArchitectureCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$329.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio education: classrooms, practice rooms and faculty studios. Another wing is composed of performance and rehearsal spaces. The circular lobby that joins the wings has an upsweeping ceiling and roof, with a fritted glass curtainwall that projects a moving and changing pattern on the floor and wall surfaces throughout the day.
The architecture is a visual and spatial reflection of the music itself. Unlike many campus buildings, it has a large number of visitors that are not part of the campus community. As such, it was important that the building make a bold public statement: a bright beacon that is locally prominent and one that draws world-class performers to the campus, benefiting the Ellensburg and greater central Washington community.