Woodruff Arts Center
The new High and Woodruff Arts campus creates a "Village for the Arts" where visitors can experience the finest art, music and theatre in the city.
Three new buildings, surrounding a public piazza, more than
double the Museum's size allowing the High to display more of its
growing collection, increase public programs and offer new visitor
amenities to address the needs of larger and more diverse
The Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, the largest of the three buildings, houses part of the High's permanent collection and special exhibitions. The Pavilion features an expansive lobby with an outdoor terrace, retail shop, coffee bar and visitor amenities. Glass-enclosed bridges link the current High building to the Pavilion lobby and skyway levels.
The second building, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for special collections, features a glass-enclosed lobby and two floors of gallery space. Bridges connect to the Wieland Pavilion on the second and skyway levels.
The Anne Cox Chambers Wing, John Wieland Pavilion, and Richard
The third building, the Administrative Center, provides office space for staff. The three buildings frame the Sifly Piazza with Table 1280 Restaurant and Tapas Lounge opposite the entrance to the main pavilion.
Piano designed the new buildings to complement and link seamlessly to the High's existing building. All three are clad in panels of aluminum to unite the complex with the Meier-designed building's signature white enamel facade.
The Wieland Pavilion and the Anne Cox Chambers Wing centers on a
roof system of 1,000 seven-foot-tall light scoops that captures
northern light and filter it into the skyway galleries, allowing
for natural illumination. Renzo Piano calls these
scoops velas. The system features solar cells to trigger
supplemental electrical lights in case of clouds or darkness.
Carefully choreographed to create outdoor piazzas that
seamlessly link the High's buildings with the surrounding exterior
public spaces, the landscape plan accommodates several pieces of
outdoor sculpture and allow fluid movement through the
The Sifly Piazza is bordered on the south side by a bleached arbor of Athena elms, which will eventually grow together to create a canopy effect.
I wanted to create a light-filled, unified campus that embraces the landscape and engages with its surroundings.
The expansion of the High included the renovation of the High's existing building as well as other owner-directed enhancements to the facility and campus. It also included a new state-of-the-art residence hall and sculpture building for the Atanta College of Art. a central campus piazza, campus restaurant and bar, and new parking facilities.
Facts about Woodruff Arts Center
Total new Space:
Original building: 135,000 ft2
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Last updated: December 19, 2013
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