This dance center is considerate of a dancer's needs in terms of expression. Often times a dancer wants to dance for no one but themselves, and other times they want to inspire others, or simply show off. With this in mind the dance center has accomodated the various needs of a dancer by creating studios with varying levels of privacy, from a completely blocked off room for a dancer to focus on themselves, to a studio in which dancers can be seen from the street. The interior itself speaks to the constant movement and dynamic of a dancer through the continuously changing views to the dance studios as an occupant circulates around the perimeter of the building. The building feels alive as everyting inside moves and flows. Not to be lost within the walls, however, there are displaced panels of copper and wood that reflect light onto one another and allow for the outside sun to break in and give occupants a sense of the world outside. The light that shines through gives little information about the specifics of what is changing beyond the walls, but the flickering of light as someone passes by indicates during the day when someone is traveling past outside, and during the night indicates the same information to the outside world about people passing by inside. The constant connections show movement all throughout the Dance Hearth, while the warm wood offers a sense of peace and intimacy.

Stair View

Performance Hall

Performance Hall Relative to Circulation

Dance Studios Around Performance Hall

Visual Circulation Relationship to Studios

Visual Outdoor Relationship to Studios


Material Logic

Light Diffusing Panels

Performance Space

Iterative Models to Understand Programming

Closer Look Into Program Relationships

Refining Details in Conceptual Implmentation

Performative Material for Light Diffusion: Copper and Wood

Private Dance Room

Light Diffusing Panels Loosely Connect Occupants with City

Final Model

Floor Plans