A 550-seat main stage “courtyard” theater, a 150-seat flexible studio theater, a 220-seat thrust theater, and a dance rehearsal studio are integrated with teaching and faculty space within a civic edifice on the main street of Williamstown, MA. The facility provides a home for the Williamstown Theater Festival and William’s College Theater and Dance departments as well as hosting renowned visiting artists. Public space and dance studios enjoy extensive walls of glass, screened by wood grilles, to open these spaces to the beauty of the surrounding Berkshire landscape. Circulation space is organized to encourage campus paths to meander through the building, providing public visibility of the artistic activities there offered. (Alan Joslin, as a principal in charge, design phase, with William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.)

 

Realization

Rehearsal Video

 
 

Project Data

STATUS: Completed 2005

SIZE: New construction 106,000 sf; renovation 20,000 sf

COST: $50 million

Project Credits

OWNER: Williams College, Williamstown, MA

CONTRACTOR: Barr & Barr Builders, Inc.

ARCHITECT: William Rawn Associates, Architects

IMAGE COPYRIGHT: Robert Benson

Honors and Awards

2008 National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture

2007 Praque Quadrennial: Selected for Exhibition on Music Facilities

2006 Honor Award, New England Chapter, AIA

2006 Honor Award for Interior Design, Boston Society of Architects

2006 Merit Award, United States Institute for Theatre Technology

2005 Higher Education Facilities Award, Boston Society of Architects

2005 Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects

2005 National Merit Award, American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.