Starkey Ranch Theatre, Library, and Cultural Center

Odessa, Florida


Pasco County Schools


21,218 sq.ft.

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The new Starkey Ranch Theatre, Library and Cultural Center (TLC) is jointly used by the Pasco County Library System and the School Board of Pasco County.

Geographical context and sun pattern studies influenced the continuous roof design. Inside, curved walls contrast sharply with the rigid exterior, creating an element of the unexpected. Skylights bathe the space in natural light, and expansive glazing frames the verdant landscape beyond. Layered ceilings connect spaces and contribute to the organic flow. A variety of landing spaces, like the café and lounge, provide opportunities for patrons to engage and commune.

Arts and culture are celebrated through maker spaces. Display and exhibit areas spark interest and promote conversation. An expansive theater with sound booth, theatrical lighting, and dressing rooms features a stage and open floor plan for maximum seating flexibility with an array of event types.

An artfully arranged courtyard buffers the TLC from the adjacent K-8 school, providing communal lecture and classroom space, an outdoor stage, movie screening area, and splash story time.

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2022 Educational Interiors Showcase

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Libraries/Media Centers

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