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Spillman Farmer Architects Transform Bethlehem Steel Factory into a Vibrant Art Center

Posted By Ana Lisa On May 25, 2012 @ 1:25 pm In Architecture,Art,Design | No Comments

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With a raw, industrial aesthetic, Spillman Farmer Architects have transformed the abandoned steel factory into a major arts hub. Made from locally manufactured, pre-cast concrete [1] panels, glass and — off course — steel, the contrast between the industrial ruins and the internal human scale [2] is always present. To provide some warmth in the space, native Pennsylvania Ash wood [3] was used for some of the interiors, including reception desks and walls.

The industrial spirit of the former factory can be found in every detail, from the massive steel beams, helicoidal stairs and the views to the now silent furnaces. For the art center, the builders used steel made on the Bethlehem Steel site, which has been painted a striking ‘International Orange.’ A hybrid building, ArtsQuest Center provides space for art performances, exhibitions and cinema.

+ ArtsQuest Center [4]

+ Spillman Farmer Architects [5]

Photos © Spillman Farmer Architects

Via Arch Daily [6]

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[1] pre-cast concrete: http://inhabitat.com/new-co2-sucking-precast-concrete/

[2] human scale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_scale

[3] Pennsylvania Ash wood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_pennsylvanica

[4] + ArtsQuest Center: http://www.artsquest.org/

[5] + Spillman Farmer Architects: http://www.spillmanfarmer.com/#/home

[6] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/170936/the-bethlehem-steel-corporation-spillman-farmer-architects/

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