Snøhetta designs new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech hopes the new 130,000-square-foot, $89 million Center for the Arts will drawn in the university’s community and become an icon for downtown Blacksburg, Va. and the region.
Designed by Snøhetta, winner of the international competition to create a museum pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York City, with STV Architects, Center for the Arts complex will include both new and renovated facilities located at the intersection of North Main Street and Alumni Mall. Construction is expected to start in the fall and be completed by summer 2013.
The Center for the Arts comprises three major areas — a 1,300-seat performance hall, several visual arts galleries, and the Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts.
The visual arts galleries will incorporate display space for traditional visual art as well as interactive and digital forms and will exhibit both temporarily donated and university-owned artwork. The space can be used for interactive and distance-learning activities and collaborations with the recently opened Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va.
The Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts will be housed in new space as well as renovated space in Schultz Hall. The center, a technological incubator, laboratory, and studio setting to be to explore the many intersections of art, education, and technology, will enhance public education at the primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate education levels. The center will include the Collaborative Performance Lab that will provide a venue for exploration for the visual and performance arts using the latest interactive technology.