2019 Merit Award
Recital hall, recording studios, art museum, and more
Architecture, interiors, theatrical design, ITDG, audiovisual, acoustics
AIA Nevada, 2019 Merit Award
Our design utilizes a multi-tiered lobby to connect the plaza, street, and bridge levels.
The new arts building has been the center of every conversation on campus! Everyone is raving about it. It is stunning both functionally and esthetically. It features first-tier acoustical properties in the recital hall and other music spaces. And the art museum is a first-rate space, especially in terms of its layout, climate control, visible storage, and security."
DLR Group’s design for the University of Nevada, Reno’s University Arts Building exceeds expectations, creating a space that not only inspires creativity and sound but also delivers an aesthetically pleasing environment. This innovative design transforms ordinary spaces into extraordinary realms of inspiration.
The University Arts Building successfully tackles many complex issues and houses a range of arts programs, including a recital hall, recording studio, electro acoustic laboratory, rehearsal and practice rooms, art museum, and fabrication lab.
The outdoor plaza links to campus pedestrian walkways and preserves a large grass hill. A raised walkway connects the original Church Fine Arts building with the new facility, bridging the University’s legacy with its newest chapter of expanded visual and performing arts programs.
Upon entering the University Arts Building, visitors are greeted by a multitiered lobby, connecting to the plaza, street, and bridge levels, and serving as a hub and showcase for performance, display, and learning.
The hall’s narrow bowl shape creates reverberation and the effect of being enveloped by sound. Lower wooden walls in the space are highly diffusive, broadcasting sound in many directions; upper side walls conceal variable acoustic drapery and acoustic diffusive panels.
The electroacoustic composition lab, a first-of-its-kind in Nevada, is highly flexible, with embedded technology and infrastructure that allow for a wide array of digital music composition, playback, and enhanced cross-discipline collaboration between musicians and students in video production, visual arts, and engineering. The window into the corridor gives students a chance to see the process live without being in the room, furthering the university’s principle of exposing the arts to a larger audience.
The Lilley Museum of Art features atmospheric and security protocols necessary to house and display oversized objects, antique and climate-sensitive artworks, and items of significant value, improving the university’s ability to borrow artwork from collectors and museums and to show more works from its permanent collection. The museum’s north-facing position allows abundant daylight to enter the upper level and creates a front porch effect at the lower level. At night, the window creates a beacon of light, illuminating the art objects and giving the effect that the building is glowing with artwork.