At every step of the way, Bora has listened carefully to our priorities and used those to drive the design. They brought top level expertise to the table and guided us in our thinking and learning about what our Fine Arts Center could be. I can't imagine a project of this magnitude without their collaboration.
The new Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center will be a celebrated place serving the Plano Independent School District, nurturing artistic and creative expression for students within a single, state-of-the-art facility. In collaboration with Perkins + Will as Architect of Record, Bora is leading the design of this “crown jewel” which will stand as a bright, beautiful invitation to the entire Plano ISD community, reflecting their commitment to the transformative power of arts education.
The new building will serve all middle school and high school students across the district who participate in fine and performing arts programs–unifying theater, dance, music and visual arts as equal but unique entities. It will be a beloved arts center for the community, engaging community arts groups and hosting competitions and events which until now have had to look to external venues.
Our design expresses each performance venue as a separate concrete mass within a transparent lobby space. A 1,500-seat multi-purpose performance hall, a multi-modal rehearsal space, and a flexible studio theater are strategically placed, with the gaps between these venue “objects” allowing daylight in and framing views out into the surrounding 16-acre landscape.
Anchoring the lobby is an art gallery expressed as a low-profile volume with an open top. Works can be displayed both inside the gallery and along its outer walls, amplifying the talent of Plano’s young creatives within and beyond the building.
Unified beneath a daylit “cloud”-inspired canopy, the Plano Fine Arts Center invites the entire school district community in as a premier arts venue empowering the culture-makers of tomorrow.
Perkins + Will (Architect of Record)
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
SMR Landscape Architecture