Text description provided by the architects. This distinctive space was envisioned as an outdoor black box that can host a wide array of planned and spontaneous artistic endeavors, including performance art, visual art exhibits, and small-group musical performances. The structure actually transforms an abandoned building as it responds to the built and natural environment of which it is part.
The Arts Plaza was built as an urban infill project on the same slab as an existing building. The site physically spans the Bushkill Creek, a beloved natural element within the city of Easton.
While the old building’s solid walls proved an effective barrier between the creek’s environment and the community, the new Arts Plaza literally deconstructs these barriers to connect people and nature. The east wall of the existing building was completely removed to allow views to the water from within the Plaza. The transparency of the west wall further opens the creek views to pedestrians passing by on the sidewalk. An oculus cut into the existing floor amplifies the sound of the creek in the space for a multidimensional connection to the natural environment.