Ent It Nice?

H3 and Semple Brown collaborate on serpentine arts center in Colorado Springs

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The Ent Center for the Arts (Image via UCCS)
The Ent Center for the Arts (Image via UCCS)

A brand-new arts building has made a shimmery landing on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus. Built for collegiate and professional dancers, artists, and actors, the Ent Center for the Arts was designed by one of the late Hugh Hardy‘s New York firms, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (H3), in collaboration with Denver’s Semple Brown Design.

The Ent Center for the Arts

The main theater of the Ent Center. (Image via Semple Brown)

The steel-clad facade of the 92,000-square-foot building swoops in and over itself, creating a welcoming arch on the ground floor and balconies above. Inside, visitors can take in shows in a 75-seat black box theater, a 225-seat recital room, a 250-seat flex space for performing arts, and a 750-seat all-purpose theater, complete with an orchestra pit. For visual arts, the main lobby doubles as a 2,500-square-foot art gallery, with ceiling rigs to suspend larger works. In the daytime, tall glass windows invite students to lounge, study, and enjoy the space.

The $70 million project broke ground in August 2015 and construction wrapped earlier this year.

This story was first reported by the Denver Post.

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