The Simpson Center for Performing Arts, The Baldwin School | Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
After a previous theater was flooded, the school decided to reuse its 1960’s gymnasium to create a new performing arts space. The building’s shell was subdivided to create a welcoming vestibule addition acting as a beacon. The lobby can expand with retractable interior glazing into an adjacent multi-purpose classroom, allowing for open sightlines and flexibility for varying events. A flat-floor performance hall features a combination of telescopic seating and portable risers, easily accommodating a wide array of configurations with minimal labor. Now in use, this center of performing arts transforms on the daily, fully allowing the Baldwin students to express their creative pursuits.
Size: 12,000 sf
Budget: $3.8 million