The design objective for this building was to keep the historic industrial aesthetic, while adding warmth and identity as a PPCC creative space. A custom mural across the front facade is a pronouncement to the public that this building houses creatives. A new deck connects the interior with its urban setting, while a folding metal fin acts both as signage and protection from the elements. Small details such as the red painted steel window wraps connect the Gowdy building with its PPCC counterparts.
In the gallery, concrete floors and exposed ceiling structure contrast nicely with the bright white walls. This brings attention to both student and faculty artwork that is displayed within. Glass garage doors allow the space to be opened up to the lobby and the exterior deck so that visitors can flow freely throughout. Metal mesh grid ceiling allows for peeks of the historic bones on the main floor and exposed ductwork and piping maintains the industrial feel throughout. In the dance studio, clerestories and skylights bring natural light in, while the black walls make it possible it to be used in conjunction with the adjacent black box theater (separated by a moveable partition).
PPCC desired a space that was unlike their standard educational model. As a space for artists, dancers, and actors, it was important that the building provided freedom for expression and functionality for the user to perfect their craft. Our design was able to provide the spatial, acoustical, lighting, and materialistic qualities that the school needed to best provide an arts education.