The newly transformed Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium at Connecticut College will promote pioneering artistic production and research, attract world-renowned artists-in-residence, reinforce the campus Arts District, and offer renewed areas for community engagement.
“We are proud to celebrate the opening of the Athey Center for Performance and Research,” said Molly McGowan, Partner. “Our design seamlessly blends old and new, bringing the beloved auditorium into the 21st century with inviting, light-filled spaces that emphasize accessibility and technological refurbishments to better support creative research and collaboration.”
“Ennead is honored to be part of the revitalization and creative reuse of the historic Palmer Auditorium into the new Athey Center for Research and Performance. Our approach to the project prioritized carving-out additional shared spaces for collaboration, performance and teaching, while physically opening-up walls to increase visual transparency and communication that are all welcomed. Stylistically, the design team felt compelled to build upon the original Art Deco character, elevating the overall sense of materiality, color and patterning associated with this style, by drawing inspiration from some of the original fixtures and motifs found throughout the building.” Brian Masuda, Associate Principal.
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