Wolfe Center for the Arts
Punctuating the expansive horizons of northwestern Ohio,
the new Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University
rises from the fertile plains to alter the local landscape - both
literally and culturally.
The landscape plan is divided into three distinct outdoor spaces surrounding the building: the sloping lawn to the east, the intimate sculpture garden to the south, and the entrance plaza to the west.
The design of the building is a response to the smooth planes of the northwest Ohio landscape, with its far horizons and big sky.
The sloped berm, which "clads" the eastern portion of the
building as it emerges from the landscape, is planted with turf
grass identical to the grass which grows elsewhere on campus. A
roof terrace provides an outdoor space for gathering, eating,
sitting, and studying.
The landscape design ties the new building to the existing
campus, allowing for flexible public spaces, a strengthening of the
campus green space and a frame for the new arts center.
A grand open hall greets the visitor from the main entrance of the new Wolfe Center. Sunlit and spacious, the lobby provides views upward to the lounges, classrooms and studios of the art, music and drama departments on the second level of the Center.
The building contains three performance spaces: a proscenium
theater for large-scale productions of musical theater, opera, and
classical drama; a studio theater for the presentation of more
diverse artistic styles, and an Actor's theater for experimental
productions, integrating the spoken word and body movement with
digital and sound technology.
In addition to being a place for students and faculty to learn
and work on theatrical, dance, musical, film and digital arts
productions, the center will offer the community an exceptional
venue in which to see a wide range of performances. The unique
program unites a diverse range of art studies into a socially
enterprising facility meant to encourage lively interaction among
students and faculty alike.
Facts about Wolfe Center for the Arts
Architect of Record:
The Collaborative, Inc.
Vaughn Industries, LLC
Lake Erie Electric of Toledo, Inc.
Photographed by Bruce Damonte
Last updated: December 19, 2013