Studio Gang and SCAPE have broken ground on the new Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) in Little Rock. The current facility will be transformed, and the project includes a landscape design that will connect the AAC with the surrounding MacArthur Park. The project was made to embrace the Arkansas Arts Center’s history and create a contemporary space for the future. The core concept of the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center is a folded, thin-plate structure running through the existing museum complex. The plate structure aims to give the AAC a new architectural identity and connect its diverse programs. In tandem to the new construction, the design makes visible the original 1937 facade as part of a new, open axis of pedestrian circulation through the building from MacArthur Park to Crescent Drive. Renovations to existing spaces will be made to improve usable program areas for exhibition, education, and performance and create sustainable areas for the public to explore and enjoy the programs of the AAC.
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