With a diverse and growing student population, Saint James School sought to create a new facility for their art and music program to inspire their budding artists. To meet this need, MSB Architects was hired to design a new 22,000 SF fine arts facility and recital hall that reflects the school’s character and distinction.
The existing campus architecture at Saint James School is in the Georgian style, with traditional red brick, double-hung windows, and ornate cornices. Because the architectural style is not only a strong part of their history but it’s signature brand, the Pohanka Center for the Arts was designed with this identity in mind, while stretching the artistic expression that will be housed within the building. The main entrance and recital hall, at opposite sides of the structure, are representative of the Georgian campus. Between these two pieces, is a curved, contemporary connection illustrating the tension between classical and modern arts. When complete, the Arts Center will be a state of the art facility, with specialized practice rooms, art studios, digital media, and a music hall that will acoustically rival the best of concert halls.