Moravian Athletic & Wellness Center | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
VMA designed the Center to support the Academy’s mission to develop the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. Flanked by Route 22 to the north and the historic Moravian Merle-Smith campus to the south, our design responded to both contexts. This synthesis resulted in an exterior barn volume contrasting transparency and opacity, recalling the agrarian roots of the Valley and the materiality of historic Snyder House, the focal point of campus. At night, the building glows as a lantern, welcoming visitors and establishing a familiar icon for passerby. Recalling large-scale industrial spaces of the early 20th century, indirect light washes the interior playing courts from clerestories above. With a double-height atrium featuring a fitness center defined by glass walls, this feeling of openness and warmth extends throughout the facility.
24,000 sf gym: one competition court, one multi-purpose court
2,500 sf weight and fitness room
LEED Gold Certified
In association with DesignLab