Center for the Arts and Creativity

College of the Holy Cross


Design Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Architect of Record: Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects

Location: Worcester, MA

Total GSF: 84,000 GSF

Projected Completion: Fall, 2021


The soon-to-be built new 84,000 GSF Center for the Arts and Creativity at Holy Cross has been designed to be an incubator for multidisciplinary learning that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines. Standing as the cultural center of the school – with venues for both fine arts and performing arts – the building houses a 400-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat flexible studio space and the relocated Cantor Art Gallery.

Anchoring the Upper District of campus, the Center gathers together existing vectors of campus circulation at its heart: the Beehive. Around this central space the programs are divided into four pavilions: the Multipurpose Theater for opera and music, the Studio Theater for drama, Art/Media and Practice/Production. From the vantage point of the Beehive production spaces such as the scene shop and multi-use practice rooms are visible next to refined performance spaces and the white box art gallery, revealing the process of artistic output to the campus community and ensuring that the house never goes dark.


Images © Diller Scofidio + Renfro