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 panels, glass and — off course — steel, the contrast between the industrial ruins and the internal human scale is always present. To provide some warmth in the space, native Pennsylvania Ash wood 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.
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Via Arch Daily