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August Wilson Center
With the reemergence of The August Wilson Center (owned by The African American Cultural Center), we take a look back at the Perkins + Will project completed in 2009. Photography by Steinkamp Photography and Joshua Franzos Photography.
This energetic, urban infill building is a transformative first-voice cultural Center that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American culture, art, music, and theatre in the region and globally…past, present, and future.
Strategically composed on a tight triangular site, the building exploits the moment where two city grids converge and the Cultural, Convention, and Downtown Districts overlap to form a gateway intersection.
The Center celebrates the corner with a robust curvilinear form inspired by the full sails of the dhow, the majestic sailing ships that transported Swahili culture from East Africa.
In a context of heavier, more opaque buildings, the curve breaks the norm and anchors the corner as urban art.
The August Wilson Center.
Originally named in honor of the world-renowned playwright, this forward-looking one-of-a-kind hybrid institution, engages the broad and complex diversity of this culture in its home city and beyond.
The August Wilson Center.
The August Wilson Center.
The two-story, 64,500 GSF facility includes a 486-seat proscenium theatre, 11,000 GSF of exhibit galleries, a flexible studio, a music café, and an education center.
The August Wilson Center.
The August Wilson Center.

With the reemergence of The August Wilson Center (owned by The African American Cultural Center), we take a look back at the Perkins + Will project completed in 2009. Photography by Steinkamp Photography and Joshua Franzos Photography.

With the reemergence of The August Wilson Center (owned by The African American Cultural Center), we take a look back at the Perkins + Will project completed in 2009. Photography by Steinkamp Photography and Joshua Franzos Photography.

With the reemergence of The August Wilson Center (owned by The African American Cultural Center), we take a look back at the Perkins + Will project completed in 2009. Photography by Steinkamp Photography and Joshua Franzos Photography.

This energetic, urban infill building is a transformative first-voice cultural Center that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American culture, art, music, and theatre in the region and globally…past, present, and future.

This energetic, urban infill building is a transformative first-voice cultural Center that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American culture, art, music, and theatre in the region and globally…past, present, and future.

This energetic, urban infill building is a transformative first-voice cultural Center that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American culture, art, music, and theatre in the region and globally…past, present and future.

Strategically composed on a tight triangular site, the building exploits the moment where two city grids converge and the Cultural, Convention, and Downtown Districts overlap to form a gateway intersection.

Strategically composed on a tight triangular site, the building exploits the moment where two city grids converge and the Cultural, Convention, and Downtown Districts overlap to form a gateway intersection.

Strategically composed on a tight triangular site, the building exploits the moment where two city grids converge and the Cultural, Convention, and Downtown Districts overlap to form a gateway intersection.

The Center celebrates the corner with a robust curvilinear form inspired by the full sails of the dhow, the majestic sailing ships that transported Swahili culture from East Africa.

The Center celebrates the corner with a robust curvilinear form inspired by the full sails of the dhow, the majestic sailing ships that transported Swahili culture from East Africa.

The Center celebrates the corner with a robust curvilinear form inspired by the full sails of the dhow, the majestic sailing ships that transported Swahili culture from East Africa.

In a context of heavier, more opaque buildings, the curve breaks the norm and anchors the corner as urban art.

In a context of heavier, more opaque buildings, the curve breaks the norm and anchors the corner as urban art.

In a context of heavier, more opaque buildings, the curve breaks the norm and anchors the corner as urban art.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

Originally named in honor of the world-renowned playwright, this forward-looking one-of-a-kind hybrid institution, engages the broad and complex diversity of this culture in its home city and beyond.

Originally named in honor of the world-renowned playwright, this forward-looking one-of-a-kind hybrid institution, engages the broad and complex diversity of this culture in its home city and beyond.

Originally named in honor of the world-renowned playwright, this forward-looking one-of-a-kind hybrid institution, engages the broad and complex diversity of this culture in its home city and beyond.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The two-story, 64,500 GSF facility includes a 486-seat proscenium theatre, 11,000 GSF of exhibit galleries, a flexible studio, a music café, and an education center.

The two-story, 64,500 GSF facility includes a 486-seat proscenium theatre, 11,000 GSF of exhibit galleries, a flexible studio, a music café, and an education center.

The two-story, 64,500 GSF facility includes a 486-seat proscenium theatre, 11,000 GSF of exhibit galleries, a flexible studio, a music café, and an education center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

The August Wilson Center.

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