Design Team: Rodrigo Romero – Status: Design –
The Chattanooga Experimental Arts Center was to be located in front of the Tennessee River, neighboring the Chattanooga Aquarium to the East. This design was an entry to a 2003 Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
These renderings are from 2020. The 3D model was originally done in AutoCAD (back in 2003), however, I imported the model into SketchUp and generated the renderings using Twilight Render. Post-production was done in Photoshop.
The CEAC was lifted from the ground to maximize the amount space available to the public. As it is an experimental arts center, the open stage on the ground floor allows the public to perform and enjoy other performers, for free. In addition, landscaped areas with grass and plenty of trees provide shade, comfort, relaxing views and spaces for the public to play, meditate, study, and rest.
The building was designed to welcome anyone to it’s rooftop terrace, where they can enjoy beautiful views to the river, park, and neighborhood.
Accessibility (physical and visual) and transparency were another priority. Anyone can watch the shows, regardless if they paid a ticket or not. Guests who pay a ticket can enter the main event space and have their seat, but guests who don’t have a ticket can still watch the show from the top terrace through large windows.
At night, the building’s transparency turns the building into a welcoming community “lantern”, providing soft light and plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the events happening at the arts center.