The Buck Family Center for the Arts
Church Farm School | Exton, PA
The Buck Family Center for the Arts at Church Farm School represents the transformation of a former maintenance shop into a consolidated home for the school’s creative programs. Reorienting the main entry as part of Church Farm’s comprehensive campus plan meant that the building, which had once been tucked out of the way, would now be one of the first experienced by visitors. Fortunately, the existing structure was an excellent candidate for reuse.
At the heart of the building, what was once a high bay for vehicle maintenance is now a hub for performance and display. Studios for instrumental music, choir, painting, ceramics, and more are arranged around the perimeter of the building, connected by a central hallway. A terrace on the exterior of the building, accessible through the various studios, provides working space for traditional plein air artistic experiences – or for especially messy projects. The ceilings in many of these spaces have been raised to the underside of the roof to create high volumes. Careful acoustics and sound separation techniques reduce noise transfer. The interior design is deliberately tranquil with a palette of off-whites and soft grays that serve as a backdrop to students’ creative pursuits.
Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Landscape