IAIA Multipurpose Performing Arts and Fitness Center
Client: The Institute of American Indian Arts
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Size: 23,315 SF
The IAIA Multipurpose Performing Arts and Fitness Center project will be the newest addition to the Institute of American Indian Arts campus, providing space for two campus programs: Health/Fitness and Performing Arts.
The new building has been designed in accordance with the master plan concept and provides various spaces, existing paths and new extensions which will connect the building to the rest of the campus. Spaces within the building intended primarily for student use were located near the existing student dormitory while more public spaces are located near one of the main entrances to the campus for easy access and visibility. An outdoor amphitheater, designed as a gathering space for students as well as a teaching and performance space, will be located between the new building and the existing student dormitory.
The Performing Arts component of the project includes a black box theater, which provides a flexible space for various types of performances, and support spaces such as rehearsal studios, dance studios, dressing rooms, a green room and a costume shop. Offices for staff are also included in the new building.
The Health/Fitness component of the project includes a gymnasium, a fitness room with weight and cardio equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms.
Common spaces include a lobby, concessions area, and a ticket/admission office. These spaces will allow the public to gather during special events held at the new building. These public areas will include wall space to be used as gallery space which is a common theme throughout the campus. A donor wall is also intended to be located at the main lobby. An exterior plaza at the main entrance also provides a gathering space at the front of the building.
The new Multipurpose Center has been designed with cohesiveness to the rest of the campus in mind. The interior features a polished concrete floor as well as neutral colors interspersed with vibrant accent colors. The exterior of the building features metal wall panels, neutral stucco colors accented with vibrant stucco colors, exposed steel elements, and a curtain glass wall at the lobby with a high canopy roof. The combination of materials and colors ties the building into the existing campus aesthetic, while still distinguishing it as the Performing Arts and Fitness Center.