CENTENNIAL HALL at PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Centennial Hall, a new 32,000 sf building, combines the visual arts and performing arts on the Ward Parkway campus of the Pembroke Hill School. Three stories of art studios face north to the main quad, including 2-D and 3-D studios, a digital art studio, a photography lab and dark room, and space for a visiting artist. To the east are spaces for music, drama, and dance, and on the south is a multi-level experimental theatre with seating for 200. These three groups of functions surround a two-story central lobby which serves as an art gallery and gathering space.
The building mimics the simplicity of the brick warehouses in the original industrial district of Kansas City. The interior finishes are simple, durable, and loft-like: polished concrete floors, concrete block walls, galvanized metal doors, and stainless steel railings. The building fosters interaction and collaboration among the arts faculty and students.