The architect performed a study to help Skidmore College determine whether its music facility should be renovated or replaced. The study concluded that the existing recital hall would require extensive, costly renovation, after which the acoustics still would not be up to par.
For the new design, the architect looked to ASSOCIATED FIRMBelson DesignCOST PER SQ FT$470.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms 1960s-era structures for the palette of colors and materials. Clad in brick with glass and copper panels, the building includes the 600-seat Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall; the 90-seat Elisabeth Luce Moore Hall; and teaching practice and administrative spaces.
The new Arthur Zankel Music Center, combined with the recent opening of the adjacent Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, creates a core of visual and performing-arts facilities near the college’s main entrance. A new outdoor amphitheater and landscaping visually connect the new building to the arts quadrangle it helps to form.
"Great use of glass to merge the practice rooms with the outdoors. Simple, yet tasteful."--2011 jury