A restorative place within nature

Join internationally renowned architect Steven Holl as he walks through his Winter Visual Arts Center project, throwing light on the design process and outcomes

Join architect Steven Holl as he re-visits the Winter Visual Arts Center to see how inhabitants of the building are using it

Drawing on Franklin & Marshall College’s motto Lux et Lex, the Winter Visual Arts Center for the Art, Art History, and Film Department is conceived as ‘light’ in complementary/contrast to the ‘heavy’ exemplary brick architecture of the 1856 ‘Old Main’ original campus building.

The building activates the southern end of the campus as a new campus destination as well as reinforcing the college’s historic axis by extending it to the south and reaching out to the town.

Large diameter trees, the oldest elements of the 52-acre arboretum campus, were the conceptual generator of the building’s geometry.

The main floor is lifted into the trees on a porous ground level, open to the campus and the adjacent Buchanan Park.

At night, reflections of the hovering building glow in the water of the large reflecting pool.

See more at stevenholl.com

Credit list

Winter Visual Arts Center, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania
Video production
Spirit of Space
Paul Warchol

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