Old Dominion University, Diehn II
The design of the new addition is a response to and transformation of the existing Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center and creates space shaped by the forces of music and light.
The new LEED Gold-certified building is placed adjacent to but separate from the existing building. The interstitial space between the two buildings provides the primary circulation through COST PER SQ FT$374.61FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio addition. The addition has a series of clerestory windows that create a rhythm of light and shadow as one moves through the building.
The massing of the addition responds to Diehn I’s series of descending box-like volumes. The addition, however, physically expresses the creation of music that takes place inside by angling the western walls of the rooms in order to meet the acoustical criteria for non-parallel walls. This has the additional benefit of creating large north-facing windows.
The building is further transformed by the lifting of the roof planes to create clerestory windows that admit southern daylight deep into spaces that programmatically do not welcome traditional windows.