Music and Arts Center
Architect: Integrus Architecture
Location: Wenatchee, Washington
Award of Excellence
The visual and performing arts are intertwined in life and can now be found under one roof at Wenatchee Valley College.
The visual and performing arts are intertwined in life and can now be found under one roof at Wenatchee Valley College. The performing arts venues are positioned to welcome and engage the community, while the visual arts spaces allow students to use a preserved northerly grove of trees for artistic inspiration.
A single pivot point between artistic disciplines serves as a gathering space—allowing students to continue learning outside the classroom—and as an area for patrons to assemble prior to performances. The design integrates the historic heart of the campus with existing and future circulation routes while preserving the integrity of the surrounding educational community.
A nicely scaled and well composed project; each of the visual and performing arts programs is considered both for function and form within the whole. The clean lines of the exterior are carried through inside, providing airy daylit studios, a finely tuned recital hall, and a beautiful and generous gathering area that welcomes students and visitors alike. The simplicity and directness are striking.