DS+R to design college performing arts center in massachusetts DS+R to design college performing arts center in massachusetts
jan 16, 2015

DS+R to design college performing arts center in massachusetts

DS+R to design college performing arts center in massachusetts
portrait © peter ash lee / courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro




interdisciplinary studio diller scofidio + renfro has been selected to design a new performing arts center for the college of the holy cross in massachusetts. the building is slated to include a 400-seat concert hall and theater, a 200-seat flexible performance space, and a ‘high technology beehive space’, which will provide collaborative work and shared multimedia facilities for recording, sound/video editing and other technical aspects of theater production.


the design of the center, which will be funded in part by a $25 million USD gift from alumnus cornelius b. prior, was selected by holy cross following an international design competition. the facility will likely be located in what are now parking lots behind healy hall, a student residence. the surrounding building site will be designed to accommodate various entrance points for academic purposes, performances, and campus visitors.


‘we feel incredibly privileged to be working with holy cross to imagine hybrid spaces that engender new forms of teaching, learning, and artistic creation’, commented ricardo scofidio, partner at DS+R. ‘the building will be a cultural hub for the campus and a meaningful contribution to the performing arts typology.’


we are pleased to call on the extraordinary talents of DS+R to design this important new facility on our campus,’ said fr. boroughs, the college’s president. ‘the performing arts center has been launched because of the remarkable generosity of neil prior. with his transformative gift and the anticipated support of others, we are poised to realize the shared vision of holy cross and DS+R for a building of lasting architectural significance which will substantially enhance our academic programs.’


construction of the $60 million USD project is expected to begin in 2017.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news