Belle Skinner Hall of Music Library & Listening Classroom
Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, New York
Originally established in 1865, the Department of Music at Vassar College is housed in the Belle Skinner Hall of Music, a beautiful Collegiate Gothic building with classrooms, offices, rehearsal spaces, a recital hall, and an extensive music library. The renovation of the Skinner Hall music library sought to enhance its support for the music program and make it more attractive for cross-disciplinary study. We designed more attractive finishes for the reading room and converted an underutilized portion of the library into a Listening Classroom with extensive audio-visual capabilities suitable for multiple disciplines. The classroom furniture was custom designed to accommodate keyboards and headphones at each seat, as well as lectures or seminar-style discussions. Seating configuration and the locations of the projection screen and whiteboards were designed to create the best possible viewing angles for both the professor and the students. We resolved numerous technical challenges to acoustically isolate the classroom from the adjacent library and practice rooms and to incorporate A/V capabilities such as 360-degree high-definition sound, screen capture technology, sound manipulation tools, and high-definition video projection. These systems are integrated with wood paneling, high quality lighting, and acoustically absorptive surfaces to create a hands-on learning environment unique to Vassar’s campus.
Size: 1,250 sf
Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation