Project Type: Architecture
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Size: 253,717- sf
As the first publicly and privately funded K-12 arts school in the nation, the facility combines traditional brick tied to the vernacular of the surrounding masonry buildings with a patterned, contemporary curve of recycled stainless steel and zinc metal panels. The exterior design uses brick to pay homage to the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, but also uses stainless steel shingles and zinc panels for a more contemporary form.
This project was a collaborative effort between Cincinnati Public Schools, the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission and the Greater Cincinnati Arts and Education Center. The five-story building houses professional-grade dance and art studios, sound stages, practice rooms, a costume shop, blackbox theater, 300-seat recital theater, media center, gymnasium, dining facilities and classrooms. A grand 750-seat theater serves as a well-rounded classroom for all aspects of theatrical performance and flexible classroom spaces accommodate various teaching/learning styles.