Designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center is located in Florence, United States. Finished, stained, OSB glulam members extend across the ceiling and around the sidewall to form the theater shell. The rectangular geometry of the shell telescopes outwards to envelope both the stage and audience in a single, arching wooden structure. Sweeping bands of blue-stained OSB acoustic wall panels arranged in a herringbone pattern add to this expansive effect.
Given today’s economic downturn, any future performing arts center building plans will certainly call for improved technology and multi-functioning design that radically reduces building and operating costs.