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Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performing Arts Center

Danbury, Connecticut

Located on the University’s second campus, the Visual and Performing Arts Center organizes and provides clarity to the grouping of residence halls, sports facilities, and parking areas on a sylvan hilltop. The strong geometric arrangement of building shapes and landscape patterns highlights the entries into the facility and establishes a common central green space for the campus community. The arts center is both a bustling academic environment and the most visited public place on the campus. The building provides a strong foundation for future campus development and invites the public to experience the arts. The facility creates specialized spaces for the music, theater, and visual arts programs. The concert hall incorporates controllable natural light into a music venue with the highest acoustic and performance standards. The proscenium theater is dramatically lit with controlled lighting demonstrating our ability to create flexible theatrical environments that allow for the widest range of performance types. For the visual arts studios, large north-facing glazing bathes the spaces in uniform light essential to the process of learning and producing drawing, painting, and sculpting.

Client/Owner
Western Connecticut State University
Size
130,000 SF350 Seat Concert Hall350 Seat Drama Theater
Program
Visual Art Studios, Rehearsal Rooms, Art Gallery, Practice Rooms, Recording Studio, Performance Support Spaces, Classrooms, Offices, Sculpture Terrace
Affiliates
Amenta Emma Architects
Sustainability
LEED Silver