CR architecture + design

School of Creative
and Performing Arts

The Highlights

Project Type: Engineering

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Size: 253,717- sf

Services Used:

Interior Architecture




2011 Gold Citation, American School and University Educational Interiors Showcase
2011 Publisher's Commendation Award, Learning By Design
2010 Award of Merit, Midwest Construction's Best of 2010 Award 2010 Bronze Winner for Best Overall School, Collabetition Design Awards

Bringing out the artistry in an arts school

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.