Emeryville Center for the Arts
Making Room for the Arts
A new arts center reaches out to the community, infusing daily life with art.
Building Beyond Bounds
To Emeryville arts patrons an old brick warehouse next to city hall was the perfect site for a new center for visual and performing arts. The competition-winning proposal by Jensen Architects expands the building structurally and programmatically, with distinctly new volumes extending from the existing brick frame, and with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces. Light-filled galleries and a theater engage with a café, store and courtyard to create an open, community hub hosting an ever-changing calendar of programs, events and activities. The transparent additions showcase the activities inside and act as built signage for the programs within.