The Whitcomb Art Center creates a vibrant new home for the Knox College art program and serves as a civic bridging agent welcoming in and melding together the diverse cultural identities of the neighborhoods and districts surrounding the site: Knox’s traditional academic campus, Galesburg’s central business core, and the adjacent industrial warehouse district. The facility integrates the studio art and art history departments of Knox College in a new, light-filled, cost-effective, modern building anchored by a landscaped event and work courtyard. Inside, a series of double height studios, galleries, and critique spaces foster a vibrant interdisciplinary art community and program. The program includes academic and support space through a lecture hall, seminar room, various studio spaces, administrative offices, and tying it all together is an open floor plan with few doors. The central circulation hallway doubles as a critique space and informal gallery. With an extremely lean project budget that yielded a construction cost of only $220 / SF, the Whitcomb Art Center by necessity truly reflects the self-described scrappy and unconventional community of Knox’s art department. Within this lean mindset every design decision contributes to multiple performance goals in a highly integrated way. This building is a high-performing workhorse shaped for efficient daylight capture and made of simple industrial materials carefully assembled in surprising and elegant ways. Crafted of pre-engineered metal, the exterior blends into the surrounding urban and industrial fabric, eroding the historic implied boundary between Knox’s academic realm and the get-your-hands-dirty mindset of working artists, makers and industrial fabricators. The rhythmic saw-tooth roofline, skylights that harvest north daylight, and accents of reclaimed brick and salvaged wood combine to create a hardworking and ultra-efficient facility that responds to yet also transcends both its historic and industrial contexts. By consolidating the studio art and art history departments, the Whitcomb Art Center plays a significant role in stimulating creative, explorative, and entrepreneurial culture. The building accommodates recent growth and unites disparate campus functions. Open stairs, intimate informal seating areas and public pin-up spaces encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas between students and professors and passers-by moving throughout the building. The vibrance of Knox’s art culture and its responsiveness to the surrounding natural environment is displayed by the building’s dynamic facade comprised of large sliding panels that serve as sun-shading devices, adjustable with the changing seasons.
诺克斯学院的艺术系拥有有关年轻艺术家教育的非常具体和独特的教学观念。在这种教育的心态中，制作身体，内脏的事物很重要，就像在自我强加的范围内工作，意识到物理资源的珍贵性，利用发现的材料并将其巧妙地集成到连贯的组合中。在这里，“杂乱”是高度重视的。几十年来，该部门现有的临时设施既不足够，也不是健康的，即使在诺克斯学院完成最基本的艺术教育任务也变得必要。学生已经分散在多个笨拙的校园建筑中。最重要的是，该部门缺乏凝聚力的设施来支持其教学法，并使学生能够蓬勃发展。2014年，诺克斯学院（Knox College）分配了860万美元，作为建造新的30,000平方英尺设施以合并艺术部门的总成本。选择了设计团队，并将对研究和发展对部门的需求和愿望的深入了解，并对高性能设计策略和教学法进行了深入的研究。正如部门主席马克·霍尔姆斯（Mark Holmes）所说的那样：“在我们第一次会议的前一天，我向建筑团队发送了50页的部门自学，并震惊地发现他们在我们见面之前都读过它。在我们的整个会议中，团队想了解有关我们部门的一切 - 我们的历史，我们如何教导，作为老师的观点，学生和教师如何使用各种空间。 As the process continued, it became clear that their curiosity was paying off with innovative solutions that integrated concerns for both aesthetics and functionality.” The Whitcomb Art Center completed construction and opened for classes in 2017 on time and on budget, and received LEED Gold certification. With the new facility up and running, art department chair Mark Holmes summarizes his department’s collective sense of success with the project and what the design team set out to do: “A year or so into its life, the building has a palpable effect on students and faculty alike. For one thing, everyone loves to be there - we all spend more time helping or talking informally with students and just indulging our interest in the light, space, and shapes. The amount of daylight is a huge benefit.” The building has increased the art department’s exposure to the wider campus community, drawing in students in far greater numbers to pursue art studies who would not have otherwise enrolled in art classes. The regional arts community has begun to make use of the building as well for special events and for community education programs during summers, and for seasonal artists-in-residence who now exhibit and work in the building during summers. Art student Olivia Keneipp offers this experiential assessment of the project: "The space where you make art is hugely influential. I like the way that everything is connected, and that it's also very open. It's great for someone who's engaged in creating."
建筑师：湖| Flato建筑师， 圣安东尼奥
工程师 - 民事：克林格纳和同事