Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
A building designed in response to an interdisciplinary teaching philosophy, accommodating all arts programs within a network of linked, flexible spaces that support campus and community engagement.
Colorado Springs, CO
2009 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Denver Chapter
2009 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, New Mexico Chapter
2009 North American Copper in Architecture Award, Copper Development Association, Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association
2009 Best Building, 15th Annual Best of the Springs, The Colorado Springs Gazette
2009 Design/Delivery Process Innovation Award Using BIM, Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Model Awards, AIA
2008 Gold Hard Hat Award, Outstanding Architectural Design Project, Colorado Construction Magazine
The Cornerstone Arts Center unifies all arts programs at Colorado College under one roof, manifesting the college’s interdisciplinary teaching philosophy within one building. The Center provides space where artists are brought together for the production, presentation, and discussion of work in all media (visual art, drama, dance, performance, video/filmmaking, music). To support diverse arts programming, each space is designed to accommodate multiple functions. Flexible spaces include a 430-seat auditorium, sound stage, screening room, classrooms with reconfigurable partitions, as well as an atrium space that features amphitheater seating and exhibition space. The building also houses thrust and studio theaters, rehearsal rooms for drama, music and dance, an experimental art gallery, and technology labs for media arts.
The Center reflects the unique conditions and characteristics of the site within the local and regional context. Located at a juncture between downtown Colorado Springs and Colorado College, the site is a threshold between the more urban areas of Colorado Springs and the historic campus. The facility is a south gateway for the campus. The Arts Center has spaces for impromptu interdisciplinary arts events in a variety of venues. The building itself is a stage.
The building strengthens community interaction on campus by allowing the local and regional community to take advantage of the college’s art events as well as a gathering place for public events. The building also represents a sustainable design achievement—the Center was the first Performing Arts Center in the State of Colorado to achieve LEED Gold certification.
In collaboration with Antoine Predock Architect