Performing Arts Center | Philadelphia, PA |
ARCH 3010 | Inst. Jose Atienza |
PerFORUM combined performing spaces, pedestrian circulation, and classrooms for learning the arts. The chosen site was at a busy pedestrian thoroughfare and the design aimed to capitalize on the movement by connecting directly with the subway station. A five story glazed atrium promoted circulation through the building and split the performing spaces and practice rooms from the classroom and utility programs. The main performance space jutted out of the street corner to connect to the city. Studies went into the design of the south facing skin and also into bouncing light into the bottom floors of the atrium.