Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center

Durham, North Carolina, USA

We designed eight incredibly versatile rooms in the Rubenstein Arts 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.

Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Owner

Duke University

Architect

William Rawn Associates

Acoustician

Threshold Acoustics

Users

Duke University Dance Program, Art of the Moving Image Program, other university users, community arts groups

Seat count

100, 170

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Educational, Flexible theatre, Cinema

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2018

Venue website

arts.duke.edu/rubenstein-arts-...

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

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