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F&M College Winter Visual Arts Center

Lancaster, PA

This new building on the south side of the Franklin & Marshall campus will house the departments of Art and Art History. Spaces will include studios, an area for large-scale stone and metal sculpting, film labs, and an 84-seat cinema-screening auditorium.

The raised superstructure of this 3-story arts center features concave inflections that take their shape from the old growth trees on the building’s site. The superstructure is constructed of light braced frame and moment frame hybrid elements, dubbed truss-frames, which are concealed within interior partition walls. These truss-frames are supported on two interior concrete cores and cantilever from concrete walls situated at the perimeter of the ground floor.

These truss-frames allow the interior to be entirely column free and produce a kite-like, floating effect for the upper levels. A glass-enclosed central forum will provide views of the park and a new reflecting pool that will double as stormwater overflow.

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