Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts
Mark Cavagnero Associates
Housing equity is a focus of the project. Student housing suites and common-area spaces for students and faculty are dispersed throughout the twelve-story building, providing housing for music students in the heart of the arts district, while 27 rent-stabilized apartments replace units from the site’s previous building. The base of the new building is lined with highly transparent low-iron glass to visually reveal the creative activities occurring within, to draw the public in to hundreds of free performances each year. The central lobby is a porous, community-oriented entrance to the ground floor, which is anchored by three major programmatic spaces – a café, an informal student lounge, and a glass-enclosed recital hall – all visually accessible to passersby. On the top floor, a double-height performance space cantilevers over Van Ness Avenue, making a visual connection across the street to Davies Symphony Hall and the iconic dome of City Hall.