Blue Ridge Community College’s new Fine and Performing Arts Building is recognized as the signature building on campus. It serves as the portal to campus and responds to the college’s desire to accommodate its growing arts program. The design clearly represents all components of the arts program, yet maintains unity within the framework of ASSOCIATED FIRMWilson Butler LodgeCOST PER SQ FT$231.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized campus.
The 120-seat black-box studio theater is expressed as a rectangular-shaped element in the center of the arts complex. This shoebox-shaped element is restrained intentionally to provide a backdrop for all other programmatic components that are nestled into the building. Dressing rooms, costume shops and prop storage are wrapped around the edges of the box in complementary materials.
Projecting glass “strip bay” windows slice through the wrapped forms to show transparency and provide a layering of materials that is compatible with the existing campus. In some areas, window boxes are incised meticulously into the facade to accommodate focused views back to the main campus.