Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • FIRM

    SchenkelShultz Architecture


    Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • AREA

    112,541 sq.ft.





The goals for the Rhinehart Music Center were to blend with the existing campus, fit into the school’s master plan, and express a distinctive character.

The completed facility provides acoustically designed, collaborative learning spaces, and a 1,600-seat auditorium that serves as a lecture and concert hall. Choir and student-observation seating is provided behind ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY465COST PER SQ FT$210.68FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio around the stage. Additional spaces include a 250-seat recital hall, classrooms, practice rooms, and offices for faculty and community organizations.

One challenge of the project was designing the acoustics of the auditorium either for lectures or music performances, with reflective, diffusive and adjustable absorptive surfaces, and amplified sound. Another challenge was maintaining a “sacred” grove of trees within the triangular-shaped site.

The exterior design reflects the program inside with large, angled glass windows that break up brick accent banding, symbolizing sheet music. The conservative east elevation blends with the existing campus, while the energetic west elevation complements the arts complex.

The design creates an inviting place for students and the public.