Would F&M's planned visual arts center 'push the envelope' too far? – LancasterOnline

The visual arts constructing Franklin & Marshall Faculty plans to construct on its campus is futuristic and placing, the members of Lancaster’s Historic Fee agreed.

There was some distinction of opinion, nonetheless, as as to if it may be too a lot of a departure.

“This constructing simply doesn’t appear to suit,” Robert Fields mentioned at the fee’s assembly Monday. “It’s going to stay out like a sore thumb.”

“I feel that is thrilling,” countered fellow member Eric Berman.

The design embodies a ahead-wanting inventive spirit and can spur creativity, he mentioned.

Member Steve Funk professed himself “torn.”

“It does type of appear like it landed from outer area,” he mentioned. “It’s actually pushing the envelope, (however) I don’t know that that’s a nasty factor.”

The members’ feedback got here in response to architect Chris McVoy’s preliminary presentation on behalf of his agency, Steven Holl Architects, and F&M.

At an upcoming assembly, the fee will determine whether or not to advocate the undertaking to Metropolis Council for approval. It might want to safe different metropolis approvals as effectively.

It should sit amongst timber close to the North Museum on the south aspect of F&M’s campus, off Buchanan Avenue.

As McVoy defined to the fee, the constructing’s uncommon look, that includes billowing “kite-like” curves, is immediately impressed by its web site.

F&M’s current building has been round Harrisburg Avenue on the campus’ north aspect. The visual arts center will “rebalance” the campus and assist F&M join with Lancaster’s arts scene, McVoy mentioned.

McVoy pushed again when Funk prompt the constructing “breaks each rule” of the fee’s design tips.

The constructing honors the fee’s precepts on scale, proportion, use of supplies and so forth, he mentioned: “I learn your tips rigorously. ... I feel they’re fabulous factors.”

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Would F&M's planned visual arts center 'push the envelope' too far? - LancasterOnline