The Atlantic Center for the Arts offers artists residency programs
in a lush Florida jungle setting. The Center offers residencies to writers,
dancers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, and actors. Past participants
include Allen Ginsberg, Lukas Foss, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Albee, Alice
Aycock, and other nationally known artists.
The program includes a black-box theater, painting and sculpting
studios, recording studios, a dance studio, a library and various support spaces.
The design includes six buildings interwoven into an indigenous Florida jungle
landscape, linked by an elevated boardwalk, and made of wood, glass, and metal.
The project completed an intensive value engineering process,
and the design team worked closely with the construction manager
to refine building costs so that the project came in below budget.
Construction was completed in 1997.
The project has received two State of Florida grants, the 1998 American
Institute of Architects National Honor Award for Design Excellence,
a 1997 I.D. Magazine Annual Design Distinction Award,
the 1996 Boston Society of Architects Design Honor Award,
a 1995 American Wood Council Honor Award, the 1995 Progressive
Architecture Citation Award, the 1993 Boston Society
of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award. The project has
been featured in several publications including the September
2001 issue of A+U, the June 1997 issue of Architectural
Record, the June 1996 issue of Architecture, the
February 1994 issue of Progressive Architecture, the
March 1994 issue of INSITE magazine, and the November
1994 issue of Architectural Record. The project was
included in the Norton guide to 250 key 20th Century