Designed by Grimshaw, EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is located in Troy, New York State, United States. Located on the edge of the Rensselaer campus the new facility is anchored to the side of a challenging 45-degree hill overlooking the city of Troy. The multi-disciplinary center offers an ambitious, international artistic program providing opportunities for interaction and exchange between artists and researchers in science and technology.
Visitors enter the building at the top of the hill and enter the lobby. From this space, a series of bridges cross over a three-storey atrium and pierce into the cedar “hull” that houses the concert hall. Two stairways descend on either side of this space and lead to the theater and two black box spaces that can be used for scientific research and performances.