District Five Fine Arts Center, Spartanburg School District 5
Spartanburg’s District Five Fine Arts Center is an example of the district’s dedication to the arts. At 50,000 SF, the District Five Fine Arts Center includes a 1,000-seat auditorium. The stage accommodates musical and theatre performances with supporting spaces such as dressing and storage rooms. A band room with practice and small assembly spaces and storage areas support their award-winning band program.
Entry into the building provides a lobby for receptions and congregation, but also serves as exhibition space for student art. Sunshades and a curvilinear exterior of glass, brick, and cast stone bring a sense of scale to the large volumes of space needed for assembly. The structure fits securely on the tight site, connects directly, yet can be closed off for community use and blends well with the existing buildings on the high school campus.
Integral to the design process were theater design and audio consultants who helped us attend to issues of acoustics, lighting, sight line analysis, and stagecraft. All key users, especially the honorable band director, worked in harmony to outline best practices in all details of accommodation. In the end, the Fine Arts Center celebrates the art of collaborative design.