Winter Visual Arts Center - Franklin & Marshall

On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College a new fine arts building will replace the Herman Arts Center, built in 1969. This is the first phase of a proposed New Arts Quad which will define the southwest entrance to Franklin & Marshall's campus.


The large diameter old growth trees, the oldest elements of the Franklin & Marshall campus, were the conceptual generator of the building’s geometry. The raised pavilion takes its shape from the concave inflection of the existing campus trees (all of which are preserved on the site). As a lightweight building, its main floor is lifted into the trees with the ground level open to Buchanan Park and the Arts Quad.

Location Lancaster, PA, USA
Date Completed 2020
Architect Steven Holl Architects
Client Franklin & Marshall College
Type Museums + Cultural Institutions Universities + Libraries
size35,000 ft2 / 3,200 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Wei Jien
Project Team Wen Lin
Press Architectural Record, Oct 2020
Photo Credits Paul Warchol, Steven Holl Architects