Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

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Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

Prairie Street Facility in Galesburg, Illinois, USA – design by Lake|Flato Architects

Jul 14, 2018

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

Design: Lake|Flato Architects

Location: S Prairie St, Galesburg, Illinois, USA

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

The Whitcomb Art Center creates a vibrant new home for Knox College’s arts programs and provides a fresh new take on Galesburg’s Midwest Americana charm.

Reflecting the self-described scrappy and unconventional community, this building is a high-performing workhorse made of simple industrial materials carefully assembled in surprising and elegant ways. Crafted of pre-engineered metal, the exterior blends into the nearby urban fabric.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

The rhythmic saw-tooth roofline, skylights that harvest north daylight, and accents of reclaimed brick and wood combine to create a hardworking facility that fits within and also transcends its industrial context.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

By consolidating the studio art and art history departments, the Whitcomb Art Center plays a significant role in stimulating creative, explorative, and entrepreneurial culture. A series of double height studios, galleries and critique spaces foster a vibrant interdisciplinary art community. Open stairs, intimate informal seating areas and public pin-up spaces encourage the exchange of ideas.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building

Operable panels enable studios to open to adjacent spaces to encourage collaboration or remain closed at times to provide acoustic and visual privacy. Large areas of glass facilitate views and connections to the native-landscaped event and work courtyard while large rolling panels of perforated corrugated metal can be adjusted to control interior daylighting.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Galesburg

While the vibrancy of Knox’s art culture is communicated through the dynamic facade, the Whitcomb Art Center creates deep synergies between the spirit and character of this unique campus and its community of artists and makers.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center in Galesburg

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building – Building Information

Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
Associate Architects: Klingner & Associates
Client: Knox College
General Contractor: P.J. Hoerr, Inc.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building images / information from The Chicago Athenaeum

Whitcomb Art Center Building for Knox College is one of over 100 shortlisted buildings to win at the prestigious 2018 American Architecture Awards:

American Architecture Awards 2018

Address: Whitcomb Art Center, S Prairie St, Galesburg, IL 61401, USA


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