Exposed and Always Under Construction Formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art, wHY collaborated with…
Atypical Arts Building for Top US College
Sited at a key position on campus behind an international center and residence that helps assimilate students into various aspects of college life, the Studio Art Hall brings art making, art appreciation, and art interaction together under one roof to reimagine the program and site as a vital center of daily campus activities.
An exposure to the studio arts is a critical part of the College’s mission, and the Studio Art Hall creates an environment where an appreciation for the creative art process can be born and enhanced. The porous, village-like nature of the new building provides a green, cool, transparent, and collaborative atmosphere to serve as a nexus for cross-pollination of ideas from the entire campus.
Initiating through a rigorous programming phase with faculty and students, wHY uncovered their desire for mixing and exposing different disciplines during the art-making process. The integration of semi-public collaborative ‘Grey Spaces’ encourages collisions between different thoughts and influences for formative minds to explore new ideas, materials, and media. Studio spaces are organized around and open onto a central courtyard with views to the surrounding landscape.
Sustainability is integrated throughout the new building including natural ventilation, solar hot water and water collection and filtration. The building is LEED Gold Certified.