This new classroom and theater wing was commissioned for a constrained site between an existing worship space and classrooms on the south, parking on the east, and a steep embankment on the west. Planning began with a simple double-loaded diagram, distributing program on both sides of a new concourse. In addition to the new concourse, programmed spaces include, large and small theaters for interactive events, classrooms, offices, and conference rooms. With abundant natural light and pockets for informal gatherings, the design allows a variety of social interactions and teaching styles to flourish.
The concourse serves as a place of circulation and interaction. Its views to the outside — in conjunction with carefully controlled daylighting — mitigate the often dreary effect of double-loaded corridors.
Light is a recurring theme. The wall of the theater leans back, opening a skylight to illuminate its entry doors. Local, thermally-treated poplar skins the theater mass and leads the eye from inside to out.