Credit: Brad Feinknopf

Denison University, Bryant Arts Center

BBB’s transformation of a 1904 gymnasium building creates a contemporary identity for Denison University’s Art Department and promotes the cross-fertilization of visual arts disciplines under one roof.

BBB’s design for the Bryant Arts Center at Denison University unites and anchors the Art Department, which was originally housed in separate buildings that lacked adequate classroom and studio space. With an emphasis on communal areas, strategic additions encourage formal and informal interactions. Playing off the qualities of the existing Neoclassical building, the additions are linked by pathways, terraces, and entrances that improve access between the building, campus, landscape, and town. The scale and massing of the new construction respect the aesthetic of the original Cleveland Hall, while a reinterpretation of traditional materials, such as brick and zinc, lend a distinctly contemporary identity. A new 4-story central atrium provides a vertical connection between classrooms, galleries, and common spaces. On the gallery wall at its center, salvaged wood flooring from an original painting studio has been repurposed to serve as a colorful reminder of the Art Department’s vibrant past.

 

Client

Denison University

Location

Granville, OH

Size

46,000 SF

Completed

2009

Construction Cost

$14 million

Certification

LEED Gold

People

FAIA, AICP
Founding Partner
Partner-in-Charge
FAIA, LEED AP
Partner
AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Associate Partner
LEED AP
Associate
Associate, Creative Visualization