MICA unveils plans for another mark of distinction

Visions -- MICA

October 09, 2005

The Maryland Institute College of Art is set to make another dramatic architectural statement on its midtown Baltimore campus. The school has unveiled plans for a 10-story, $20 million residence hall that will anchor the north end of the campus by the fall of 2007.

RTKL Associates of Baltimore designed the building to contain housing for 215 students, artists' studios and a flexible "black box" theater at the base.

Meant to be a symbol of the arts school and a gateway marker for its campus, the building will rise near the southeast corner of North and Mount Royal avenues and will be visible to drivers traveling on the Jones Falls Expressway.

The latest design, approved by city officials last week, calls for a partially curving building punctuated by a multistory portal that leads to an inner courtyard, plus a rectilinear tower clad in glass similar to the recently completed Brown Center, an angular, translucent classroom-studio-office building that is already a signature landmark on the MICA campus.

The residence hall is a refinement of a conceptual plan selected as the winner of a design competition held last year.

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