Sydney Flowers: Columbia Performing Art Academy


Artist Statement

The goal of this project was to design a magnet school with emphasis areas of your choosing, to be theoretically built here in Columbia. My project explores how a performing arts based high school would look and function. I chose to focus on providing these specific emphasis areas in the school: Orchestra, Band, Dance, Theater, Choir, and Winter Guard.

There are a variety of performing arts activities provided to students, and with these selected areas, comes a set of large spaces. The goal of my design is to accommodate all the large volumes necessary in a way that is organic and balanced. The school is organized to pull the largest volumes to each end of the floor plan to let them breathe, and keep the plan from feeling clustered and claustrophobic. I chose to fill in the rest of the functions along the path of an arc, with various perpendicular atriums cut through to provide relief in the overall volume.

The arc is a shape that appears a lot in performance settings, as it provides the most balanced and blended sound. Because of this, I felt that it would be most appropriate to use an arc to base the shape and choreography of my building on.

About the Project

  • Title of Work: Columbia Performing Art Academy
  • Medium: Single large presentation poster with images diagrams and descriptions of the theoretical building project
  • Student's Name: Sydney Flowers
  • Major: Architectural Studies
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024
  • Hometown: Jefferson City
  • Student's Mentor: Jong Bum Kim
  • Mentor's Department: Architectural Studies