Franklin & Marshall
On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College a new fine arts building will replace the Herman Arts Center. This is the first phase of a proposed New Arts Quad which will define the southwest entrance to Franklin & Marshall’s campus.
The billowing suspended lightweight architecture of the new building is articulated with thin in wall
trusses – like a box kite. The state of the art geothermal heating and cooling of the new building, roof photovoltaics, and its super-insulated envelope are part of the aspirations of a sample future architecture of near “net zero” energy. A large reflecting pool doubles as campus stormwater overflow. The reflections of the hovering building at night glowing in the water add to the special articulation of this place defining the new Arts Quad.
Knippers Helbig is designing the building envelope, which comprises vertical facades, soffit claddings and skylights. A double layer of glass channels filled with translucent insulation and spans up to 14’ shall provide the interior space with diffuse light. Frameless glass on ground level maximizes transparency and sustaines the architectural concept of separate opaque building volumes.