Columbia University approached JLGA to transform an underused, below-grade space in its campus student center into a community arts space where undergraduate and graduate students interested in the arts can perform, gather, connect and collaborate.
JLGA’s mission is to create a flexible space for a variety of arts performances and events, including stage-based performances for larger audiences, small musical ensembles, spoken word events, comedic acts, artistic group activities, rehearsals, and even group learning. Key design challenges include the reconfiguration of a space that requires the relocation of a core stair in order optimize the location and versatility of a stage area, as well as the overall flexibility of the space to accommodate a wide range of uses and audience types.
JLGA’s design for this new, multipurpose arts and performance space will also include moveable and adaptable furniture, a food service bar, dynamic/multipurpose lighting, and A/V systems customized to support the needs of a range of arts programming and activities. The new Artist Cove Performance Space will serve as a creative hub designed to foster much-needed community connections among Columbia’s arts-oriented students.
ALFRED LERNER HALL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK