ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

One of the first performing arts buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification, ImaginOn also forms one of the most visually arresting blocks in uptown Charlotte. The 105,000 square foot center was a collaborative venture between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The center houses two theatre spaces—a 570-seat drama theatre and a 275-seat children’s theatre—as well as a children’s library at the center of the building. Although its two theatres feature plenty of curves and slopes to keep the resident theatre’s clientele of children entertained, the building is mature enough to impress parents as well. The center also includes a large, multi-story public space that contains interactive exhibits, classrooms, a video production studio, and learning labs, and serves as a gathering area and reception venue.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Credit: Donna Bise Photography
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Owner

Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

Architect

Holzman Moss Architecture | Gantt Huberman Architects

Acoustician

Jaffe Holden

Seat count

275, 570

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Drama theatre, Flexible theatre, Children's theatre, Community

Services

Concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2005

Venue website

imaginon.org

Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography

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