Lehigh Valley venue artfully balances basic building materials

PHOTOS: Barry Halkin Photography for Spillman Farmer Architects

Combining a restored concrete slab and existing timber construction, with new steel and clay masonry, the $1.7-million, 7,000-sq.-ft. Arts Plaza is a raw, open-air space for the arts at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. The project transformed a former auto-repair facility into a dynamic outdoor teaching space that responds to its natural environment and built context. Designed as an outdoor black box theater, the plaza hosts a wide variety of planned and spontaneous artistic endeavors, including performance art, visual art exhibits, and small group musical performances.

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