PASADENA CITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Pasadena, California, 2014
Architects: AC Martin
Client: Pasadena City College
General Contractor: Kemp Brothers Construction Inc.
The Center of Arts at Pasadena City College brings together the disciplines of art and music in one facility. The goal was to create an environment that would inspire creativity, challenge the imagination, and encourage collaboration between the visual artists and musicians while carving out a distinctive home for both.
Through the design process the team discovered the unique needs of these two departments and the potential to capitalize on the inherent artistic connections. Complex programmatic issues were resolved while introducing a dynamic collage of forms, materials, and colors that fits seamlessly into the campus.
The three-story, 87,000-square-foot building program includes a 94-seat lecture hall, 1,200-square-foot gallery space, art labs and studios, 88-seat Little Theater, 225-seat recital hall, music classrooms, rehearsal spaces and basement level, support spaces and studio/labs for jewelry, photography, cinema, drawing, painting, digital, printmaking and sculpture.