College of Santa Fe
Over the past years the City of Santa Fe has rapidly become the third most important city regarding art in USA, increasing day to day the number of museums and art galleries. For this reason, the College of Santa Fe has set out to create a program to convert the College in one of the leading art schools worldwide. The goal is to attract the best students and recruit the best professors. To achieve this, they recognize that a good arts program is not sufficient. It is necessary to have a world class building that will be a symbol of pride and academic excellence. Before design started, we recommended the College to prepare a Master Plan for future development and take advantage that the Visual Arts Center was going to be built; this way they could set the tone for future development. The reason for this is that the existing Campus has developed without Master Plan, collecting a diversity of buildings scattered everywhere. The College intends to build the Visual Arts Center in two phases. The 52,000-square-foot center built as part of phase I, is a complex of five structures (The Marion Center for the Photographic Arts, The Art History Center, Tishman Hall, Tipton Lecture Hall and The Santa Fe Art Institute) connected by courtyards. Every department has a different personality, so instead of doing just one building, we built a town inspired by the concept of a little pueblo. The concept is pretty much driven by the programmatic and philosophical needs of the College. The need of unity and individuality is very important. Each and every department need to be easily recognized, with open spaces for students to meet, interact and exhibit their work. Located on the south side of the complex, The Art History Center houses the public uses for the College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center. Faculty offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, conference room and the visual resource library, border and wrap around a courtyard. In the middle, the Art History library sits alone as a sculpture, bringing drama and excitement to the courtyard. Tishman Hall, the only structure in two levels has painting and drawing studios, the teachers lounge and faculty offices. Tipton Lecture Hall is a small auditorium for 100 people that sits alone as an independent structure. Only connected by a portico, that's part of the general circulation, it is used not only by students of the Arts Center, but also by students of other schools. Different activities take place there such as: lectures, theater, movies and seminars. The Santa Fe Art Institute has 12 bedrooms for students, 4 studios, conference room, a courtyard for eating outdoors and exhibiting art, library, living room and offices. During the school program, the Art Institute provides the opportunity for selected students to work in an atelier setting with internationally acclaimed masters of the stature of Larry Bell, Helen Frankenthaler and Fritz Scholder in a variety of visual arts disciplines. Even though the Campus is outside the limits of the historical center, we were extremely careful not to offend the city or the landscapes, therefore we took a conscious decision of creating a horizontal building with a residential scale.


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