This Center will be a vibrant public venue to nurture the arts both locally and globally with performances, exhibits and artist residencies. The centerpiece of the plan is the adaptive reuse of the Orangerie, built in 1908 on the historic Rockefeller estate, and later bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The MNLA design knits new pedestrian and service circulation into the sloping site, provides an outdoor performance stage and viewing terrace as well as providing a biofiltration meadow with photovoltaic panels and a relocated school growing garden.
Aligned with the mission of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Center will be a demonstration project for sustainable design, accessibility and inclusion. The project embodies the Rockefeller family interests in the environment, historic preservation, agriculture, and international engagement and is seeking LEED™ Platinum certification.