Expansion Concept Design

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Imagine an inspirational, state-of-the-art, custom-built facility where studio art education is accessible to everyone.

Imagine a place where local residents can flex their creative muscles and train their brain for innovation.

Imagine a space that fosters friendships between every age group and no one is on a screen.



Located along a high-traffic, gateway corridor, the exterior is designed to ignite the imagination and curiosity of those who pass by.

The initial design incorporates natural materials (see below) that reflect different mediums taught inside the building: metal, wood, earth.

The roof-line captures indirect northern light and direct solar energy, reducing the environmental footprint of the building.

Covered kiln and forge yards are partially visible from the multi-use path, helping draw attention to the activity happening inside the building.

A rooftop patio maximizes the view of the Flatirons and provides a private outdoor event space.

Large windows give glimpses of each studio in action and garage doors allow indoor-outdoor movement.

The design creates a standout facility from both the neighborhood and highway sides.

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Cor-Ten weathered steel panels:

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Sho Sugi Ban charred wood siding:

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Rammed earth and mosaic tile accents:

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Initial floor plans include:

  • Gallery: an open lobby for exhibitions and events with support kitchen and art supply retail

  • Ceramics: a large open studio for hand-building and wheel-throwing + separate areas for glazing, storage, and kilns

  • Blacksmithing: an open studio for cutting, welding, and forging

  • Woodworking: bench area for hand-tools and construction + machine area for cutting and shaping

  • Glass: kilns for slump & fuse work + fully-equipped stations for torch work

  • Printmaking: open studio with presses and worktables + a darkroom for screen processing

  • Events: a gathering plaza at the front of the building + a rooftop terrace with Flatiron views

  • Flexibility: a large conference/teaching space for meetings and programs

  • Accessibility: universal access throughout the building, including an expanded elevator and unisex bathrooms

  • Offices: administrative space to accommodate increased staff

  • Storage: in-studio storage for each art form + basement storage for event supplies

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How can I help?

The land donation and tax matching funds are a great start, but we need YOU to make this building a reality. Please take two simple steps today:

1) Share your ideas
Project updates will be posted online here and offline at the Pottery Lab. Use the comment form below to send in your thoughts and reactions. Don't be shy! Your feedback is key to a successful expansion. Tell us what you want, what you love, what you hate, and anything else that pops into your head. We want it all!

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2) Stay in the loop
Sign up for the Expansion Mailing List using the form below and you’ll get updates sent directly to your inbox. Be the first to get news of major milestones and invitations to upcoming events. It's the perfect way to stay in touch and track the project’s progress.

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It's an exciting time.
Studio Arts Boulder has taken the first steps toward a bigger, bolder future.
Help make it a reality!