Marlboro College — the Serkin Center for music and dance

Marlboro, VT
10,000 square feet
Type: Academic / Arts
Theme: Making & Learning

We designed this teaching and performance building for two distinct academic programs in the arts: dance and music. Each is placed in separate barn-like volume which are linked by a shared lobby and its dramatic canopies. Built on a tight budget, the minimal white volumes are based on the rural agricultural history of the college’s campus.

The understated exterior houses acoustically isolated and finely-tuned performance spaces that include a large dance studio, small music practice rooms, an electronic music classroom, and a 125-seat concert hall. The building was named in honor of the renowned pianist Rudolf Serkin. Peter Serkin, his son, played at the Center’s opening concert.

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Ross Dalland PE
Structural Engineer

WV Engineering
MEP Engineer

Jaffe Holden
Acoustical Engineer

Renfro Design Group
Lighting Design