The Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College is the assembly of a variety of unique spaces. The theater, recital hall and classroom block compose the three basic building elements that tie together a dynamic, two-story, skylit lobby. Designed for acoustical excellence, the theater boasts a 70-foot fly gallery and a seating capacity for 1,000. The recital hall, which is expressed internally and externally as a warped cube of exposed concrete, also meets strict acoustical standards.
The unusual grading of the site is used to great advantage in the design. It allows the building’s massing to be relatively low on the side facing the campus, sensitive to the scale of the neighboring buildings, but grand on the side from which visitors would approach.
Every aspect of the Cultural Life Center was meticulously detailed. The center not only meets its stringent functional requirements, but also is an appropriate home for the creative endeavors that flourish within its walls.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Design Excellence Award
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