The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) is home to 5 colleges of creative education, consisting of Arts, Arts, Media + Engineering, Design, Film, Dance & Theatre and Music. These creative disciplines currently lack the identity and innovative home they deserve. Furthermore the absence of adequate public space for these disciplines to interact with each other and the community does not supplement the creative education that happens behind the opaque walls and faceless buildings.
In its current state the Tempe Gateway lot, which is a strategic space between the core of ASU campus, HIDA and the surrounding Tempe community is simply just a parking lot. This area also currently acts as the back door to HIDA, instead of its front porch. A transformation of this critical area into a creative new public space gives HIDA the identity and strong social and community interaction it desires.
The basis of this project is to enable a multitude of events, gatherings, experiences and interactions from above, leaving the ground level, or multi-surface, open and neutral to accept all these actions to take place. Keeping in time with the grid of the city, and adopted by ASU, a framework of structural punctuation sets the stage for a canopy of solar panels and a structural system that houses all the equipment, such as lighting, speakers, projectors, screens, etc., that enables a multitude of activities to happen below. Holding up this structural organization is a cable-stay system allowing for a light handed design that spans the length and width of Tempe Gateway without obstructing the neutral plain beneath.
Connected to this structural grid, and keeping in pace with the future master plan of ASU, stands the vertical architecture portion of the project. This structure is placed in the strategic spot of the current Myrtle Street parking structure which is in the heart of the HIDA campus. In this space, the same concept of enabling from above is taken even further by adding a vertical element of program including a multi-use, conditioned space on the ground level, an observation deck on the second, conditioned educational spaces on the third and a terrarium roof deck on top. This design allows for a plethora of activities to take place including school events, shows, art exhibits, dance parties, lectures, classes, sports events and whatever type of gathering you can think of.
These elements were deigned to showcase the integrity of structure and allow for a more transparent, social, versatile and educational experience while heightening the identity and creativity of the HIDA campus.