Durham, North Carolina, USA
A welcoming, open, and versatile home for artistic production and creativity, the Rubenstein Arts Center fosters creativity and interdisciplinary education through open, accessible multi-purpose spaces, the liberal application of sunlight and glass, and a rich infrastructure that supports boundless creativity and collaboration. The Ruby’s flexible 170-seat studio 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. On the second floor, a double-height glass studio supports the dance program and six multipurpose studios were developed as blank canvases for rehearsal, classes, small performances, and more. The 75,000-square-foot center also features a 100-seat cinema, radio station, visual arts studios, “makerspace,” and The Ruby Lounge—a study and gathering space that transforms for performance utilizing a sprung floor, lighting grid, audio and projection capabilities, and soundproofing.
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