Durham, North Carolina, USA
We designed eight incredibly versatile rooms in the Rubenstein Art Center to foster creativity and interdisciplinary education. The Ruby’s flexible 170-seat theatre features a 360-degree balcony, technical ledge, tension wire grid, hybrid incandescent/LED lighting system, and a wall of immense floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout shades. Retractable risers and movable seating platforms allow for arena, traverse, flat floor, or thrust arrangements. We designed a double-height glass studio for the Dance Program, featuring a grid, performance lighting, walk-along curtains, and demountable barres. Six multipurpose studios were envisioned as blank canvases for rehearsal, classes, small performances, and more. The rooms feature pipe grids, performance lighting, soundproofing, oversized sliding doors, and all but two have built-in sound and projection systems. Two studios are tailored toward dance with sprung floors and barres, and two toward film production with added AV and electrical infrastructure. Additional arts spaces in the 75,000 square foot center include visual arts studios, lounges, a “makerspace,” radio station, and 100-seat cinema.
William Rawn AssociatesAcoustician
Duke University Dance Program, Art of the Moving Image Program, other university users, community arts groups
100, 170Construction type
New constructionTheatre type
Arts center, Educational, Flexible theatre, Cinema
Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specificationCompletion