Lafayette College Arts Plaza

The Arts Plaza at Lafayette College is a raw, open-air space for the arts. This distinctive space was envisioned as an outdoor black box that can host a wide array of planned and spontaneous artistic endeavors, including performance art, visual art exhibits, and small-group musical performances. The structure actually transforms an abandoned auto repair facility into a dynamic outdoor teaching space that responds to the built and natural environment of which it is part.The Arts Plaza was built as an urban infill project on a site that spans the Bushkill Creek, part of the confluence of waterways that define the City of Easton. While the site's previous building had solid walls that proved an effective barrier between the creek's environment and the community, the new Arts Plaza literally deconstructs these barriers to connect people and nature. The existing building was distilled to its essence; a platform and a timber structure. New masonry monoliths rise out of the plaza and echo the rhythm and scale of the neighboring Williams Visual Arts Building. A delicately detailed steel frame armature, iron gates, and vegetated mesh screens further define the space. The project is an exercise in multiple connections: between Lafayette College, the site, its urban context, and nature.

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