PROGRAM: Lewis Center for the Arts, performance and teaching spaces for the Program in Theater and Dance, the Department of Music and the Princeton Arts Fellows
CLIENT: Princeton University
SIZE: 145,000 sq ft
The program for The Lewis Arts Complex includes a theatre and dance building, an arts building, and a music building with instrumental rehearsal and practice rooms. All three buildings are integrated in a forum below ground. The project aims to create a new campus gateway; shaping campus space while maximizing porosity and movement from all sides.
Overlook views into the dance and theatre practice spaces and the orchestral rehearsal space are aimed at provoking curiosity and interaction. As an open public invitation, this gateway space aims to connect the local community to the University.
Each of the three buildings’ interiors is developed uniquely.
The Wallace Theater and Dance Building is developed according to the idea of a “thing within a thing”. Within the overall concrete frame, the black-box theatre is comprised of steel, while the dance theatres are foamed aluminum, white washed wood and board formed concrete. A “dancing stair” connects all levels.
The Arts Building is developed with an embedded concept by its concrete and stone tower connecting to Princeton’s historic Blair Arch.
The Music Building is developed according to an idea of “suspension”. Above the large orchestral rehearsal room individual practice rooms are suspended on steel rods. Acoustically separate, these individual wooden chambers have a resonant quality.
Ecological Innovation +
Geothermal heating & cooling (140 wells)
Recycled water pool
High performance envelope with extensive daylighting
LED theatrical lighting
Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect, principal)
Noah Yaffe (partner in charge)
Christina Yessios (project architect, associate)
Nathan Rich (project architect)
JongSeo Lee (project architect, senior associate)
Whitney Forward (assistant project architect)
Chris McVoy (project team, senior partner)
Martin Kropac, Scott Fredricks, Alfonso Simelio, Arseni Timofejev, Michael Haddy, Yasmin Vobis, Zach Cohen, Jing Han, Laetitia Buchter, Ying Yi Cai, Gary He, Asami Takahashi, Ebbie Wisecarver, David Alan Ross (project team)
- BNIM Architects
- Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
theatrical systems consultant
- Auerbach Pollock Friedlander | Auerbach Glasow
- Front Inc.
Ronald McCoy, University Architect “One of the things that makes Steven really exciting as an architect for Princeton is the tradition and the magic of the campus as a place where you wander through, very quietly, very slowly and you have a magical sense of space, and that quality is really what Steven brings to his architecture.”