Pomona College Studio Arts Hall


We are working with wHY Architects on a new Studio Arts building for Pomona College. Home to drawings, painting, sculpture, photography and digital arts courses, the new building’s transparent walls will allow daylight and green views to flood the studios inside and let passersby see art from outside. The building sits on the edge of a native Oak stand at the gateway to the Sontag Greek Theater. The landscape design reflects the historic movement of water through the site with a modular pavement system that erodes to form green spaces within a central courtyard. A grand spiral staircase provides movement between floors in the courtyard, with opportunities for vertical planting along the treads. An outdoor classroom acts as a transition between the developed landscape and the Oaks. Low impact development strategies and an efficient irrigation system make the most of Claremont’s infrequent rains and reduce water use on site. The design maximizes flexibility to give students and faculty plenty of places to gather and to make and exhibit art.

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