Wolfe Center For The Arts
Punctuating the expansive horizons of northwestern Ohio, the new Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University rises from the fertile plains to alter the local landscape – both literally and culturally.
The landscape plan is divided into three distinct outdoor spaces surrounding the building: the sloping lawn to the east, the intimate sculpture garden to the south, and the entrance plaza to the west.
The design of the building is a response to the smooth planes of the northwest Ohio landscape, with its far horizons and big sky.
The sloped berm, which “clads” the eastern portion of the building as it emerges from the landscape, is planted with turf grass identical to the grass which grows elsewhere on campus. A roof terrace provides an outdoor space for gathering, eating, sitting, and studying.
The landscape design ties the new building to the existing campus, allowing for flexible public spaces, a strengthening of the campus green space and a frame for the new arts center.
A grand open hall greets the visitor from the main entrance of the new Wolfe Center. Sunlit and spacious, the lobby provides views upward to the lounges, classrooms and studios of the art, music and drama departments on the second level of the Center.
The building contains three performance spaces: a proscenium theater for large-scale productions of musical theater, opera, and classical drama; a studio theater for the presentation of more diverse artistic styles, and an Actor’s theater for experimental productions, integrating the spoken word and body movement with digital and sound technology.
In addition to being a place for students and faculty to learn and work on theatrical, dance, musical, film and digital arts productions, the center will offer the community an exceptional venue in which to see a wide range of performances. The unique program unites a diverse range of art studies into a socially enterprising facility meant to encourage lively interaction among students and faculty alike.
|CITY||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|ARCHITECT||The Collaborative, Inc.|