Magnet Arts School
ARC 6136 Advanced Studio II, Spring 2010
Michael Guarino Studio
With the closing of magnet arts programs around San Antonio, the need for a centralized arts campus became palpable. The site for the proposed campus is set adjacent to Travis Park and between two of the city’s iconic performance venues; the municipal auditorium and the Scottish Rite Temple. The campus is part of a master plan within the area designated as the Arts district in the San Antonio North Reach project.
The campus is divided into two buildings, one with a focus on the visual arts and the other specializing in performing arts. The concept for the building design was conceived as a glass cube framed and suspended in protective casing. Within the frame are all service elements of the building allowing for flexible studio and exhibit spaces. The ground floor consists of a multilayered sculptural/exhibit garden that provides students and downtowners a shady area to relax. The visual arts building is composed of four floors; the first being the administrative level, then a gallery/lecture hall, followed by the computer aided design level and on the fourth floor the design studios. Within the performing arts building are the performance theater, dance studios and events hall which all over look Travis Park and the downtown buildings.
The exterior of the building employs rich cultural colors found in San Antonio’s history. The tile mural on the face of the building is an echo of an important city tradition. The building’s sculptural exterior is meant to be iconic of San Antonio, while maintaining a functional interior that is flexible and meets the needs of an arts school.