The School of Arts is a six-story building in Midtown that stretches along Seldon Street, near Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Its long footprint allows ample natural light into the classrooms that line the faces of the building. Larger, multi-story rooms are concentrated in a central spine. The facility provides two large ensemble rehearsal rooms, two choral rehearsal rooms, multiple practice rooms, a black box theater, a recital hall, three dance studios, a radio suite (shared with jazz and classical station WRCJ) and two television studios (shared with Detroit Public Broadcasting). An 800-seat proscenium theater at one end of the building offers a public-facing lobby and a flytower that connects to the school. Its two balconies maintain a sense of intimacy for theater and dance while capturing enough volume to make the theater an effective concert hall. A custom orchestra shell completes the room for concert use.

Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Architect, Detroit, MI
Schuler Shook, Theatre Consultant, Chicago, IL
285,000 gsf
$122 millions
2005 AIA Detroit [Building] Award 2006 AIA Michigan Honor Award 2008 Honorable Mention Award - Living by Design LEED- NC