The Loann Crane Center for Design stands as a 21st century reinterpretation of a venerable 19th century type. The large spaces, high ceilings, and robust materiality of 19th century factories and warehouses proved ideally suited not only to modern production, but also to aesthetic pursuits and the bohemian lifestyle associated with the 20th century artist. Today, renovated urban industrial spaces remain sought after accommodations for both individuals and institutions.
When considering a new 58,000 square foot studio facility, the administrators of the college had just such a space in mind, but lacked a suitable facility to renovate.
To mimic 19th century precedents in a new building was out of the question, both economically and aesthetically. Embracing the ambitions but not the aesthetics of the 19th century, we employed straightforward tectonics and durable materials to create an economical, open, and well-lit space in decidedly 21st century terms.