The Mansfield Art Center is an important fixture in the Mansfield, Ohio community arts scene. Perspectus Architecture designed a new education wing addition, responding to a growing demand from the community for more hands-on arts education opportunities. The addition includes ceramics and glass blowing studios.
The design seeks to honor the 1970 gallery and education structure designed by Don Hisaka. The new structures take cues from the existing building’s massing, openness, exposed structure, and utilization of daylight. The original building’s simple, rectilinear forms inform the new structures, and the siting of the new addition preserves the original entry sequence. An exterior pavilion space is proposed to accommodate more diverse functions. By maintaining and bounding the existing green space, the additions preserve views from the gallery spaces.
The classrooms are intended to be a reinterpretation of the existing gallery and education spaces. The new classroom space is subdivided by mobile modular storage units that facilitate easy reconfiguration, promoting an adaptable, scalable learning environment.
Design Architect: Perspectus Architecture
Architect of Record: The Seckel Group