Alpharetta Arts Middle / Houser Walker Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. The Alpharetta Artwork Middle repurposes a ten,000 sf public library, designed in 1986 by Atlanta architect Anthony Ames. A cornerstone of the Metropolis of Alpharetta’s “Backyard and Arts District”, the construction and grounds function improved pedestrian circulation by means of a park-like panorama, with sculptures, out of doors gathering and efficiency areas, and new connections again to Alpharetta’s burgeoning downtown. Lively studio manufacturing applications will relocate to the brand new middle and can profit from bigger studios with controllable, pure gentle and a big gallery and black field theater to have interaction the neighborhood.
Spatially, Ames’ library design was a sq. quantity, with a sequence of areas pinwheeling across the entry core. It was extremely insular, with restricted daylight and views. Accessibility into the area was non-existent and prior modifications had additional compromised the constructing’s integrity and neighborhood connections. Program for the Middle consists of versatile studio areas for gentle actions; heavy arts studio to accommodate applications that require specialised tools; a media studio/assembly room; a black field theater for 50-250 individuals, and huge, versatile exhibition areas. Our design addressed three major considerations: restoring key, unique design components; creating a better performing, extra versatile construction; and making a stronger connection to the instant neighborhood and close by downtown.
Our resolution created a set “shell” with a reconfigurable inside. The ‘entrance of home’ homes exhibitions, performances, and particular occasions, using versatile lighting and partitions. The black field theater might be intimate or develop into the entrance space. The ‘again of home’ helps creative manufacturing, accommodating sculpture, pottery, ceramics, portray, quilting, and many others. Expanded glazing alongside the Canton Road elevation gives views and direct connections with the gardens, porch, and avenue. Efficiency updates included changing all home windows, and doorways, and bettering the thermal envelope behind the unique metallic panels. The outside cover and terrace had been reconfigured and expanded. The brand new inside preserves Ames’ unique strategy whereas creating a brand new dialog with extra overt textural supplies.
In connecting the Middle again to the neighborhood, the design started by recognizing there have been no significant exterior gathering areas, both on the constructing itself or within the adjoining backyard area. Our response started by making a newly landscaped “entrance yard”. The present strategy sidewalk was expanded in measurement and a brand new connecting sidewalk in the direction of Alpharetta’s downtown core was created. The design additionally expands the Middle’s “entrance porch”, reorienting it and increasing additional into the park-like panorama. The porch will enable out of doors performances to be held and is visibly related to the inside through a brand new glass field enlargement area inside the Gallery. Fastened sculpture podiums are distributed all through the garden to host a rotating number of art work. The car parking zone is designed to host giant social occasions similar to meals vans, out of doors artwork, and weekend festivals. Native crops had been distributed again all through the backyard and as many invasive species had been eliminated as potential. Most significantly, therapy of the location’s edge areas is planted in a way that reinforces the already established “Backyard District” typology, with panorama planting permitting clear sightlines to the constructing.