Skidmore College, Zankel Music Center

Saratoga Springs, New York

  • FIRM



    Skidmore College

  • AREA

    52,000 sq.ft.





Skidmore College’s new performing-arts center will create a long edge that will form a wooded amphitheater for music and theater. The building includes a recital hall attached by a two-story atrium to a three-story academic wing of classrooms, faculty studios and practice rooms. A smaller, two-story recital hall/classroom is at the building’s ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$500.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress end.

The hall will take advantage of the campus’ beauty. A glass wall behind the stage will look onto park land and a distant pond. The hall’s large volume will provide reverberance, but adjustable reflectors will give sound clarity and allow musicians to hear themselves and one another. Angled sidewalls, loge walls and balcony walls will reflect and distribute sound further. For voice or spoken word, sound can be dampened by curtains along walls and across catwalks.

The first and second floors will contain faculty studios and classrooms mixed together for maximum interaction. The third floor will contain practice rooms, a recording studio and outdoor terrace for practicing when weather allows. The result will permit visitors to hear music emanating from every corner of the building.