PENN STATE UNIVERSITY RECITAL HALL State College, PA
The new 400 seat recital hall located in the center of the music and theater district of campus provided an opportunity to create an associated open space central to all music and theater students. Part garden, part plaza, the open space exists at two levels. The upper terrace next to the new recital hall and the lower plaza next to the existing theater. The two levels, separated by 4 feet of grade change presented a challenge in how to unify the open space. In this case a series of sculptural seating terraces were developed to accommodate outdoor learning opportunities, outdoor performances, casual seating, people watching etc. The materials are of the campus vocabulary, but detailed to respond to the new recital hall. Planting is composed of mostly native vegetation requiring little to no irrigation. Storm water is captured in planters and crushed stone areas for a slow release process.
CLIENT: Penn State University
DESIGN ARCHITECT: William Rawn Associates
ARCHITECT: Bostwick Design