Laredo ISD—Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts
Architect: Pfluger Architects in association with Frank Architects, Inc.
The Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts is a magnet school dedicated to integrating arts through its academic curriculum. The design team was challenged to create a new VMT campus that would be a wonderful place to learn and inspire. The campus will consist of three buildings spread over three city blocks. The school will have a 300-seat theatre, Black Box theater and a 120-seat recital hall for performing arts. The campus will also house a broadcast studio and art studios.
The campus is composed of 4 buildings which are woven together by a curvilinear corridor which is also expressed by exterior connection under canopies. This element quotes the curving streets of medieval towns and as such serves to accentuate the buildings (or in this case, programmatic functions) on the street rather than a monumental axial perspective.
The concept had to do more than be a unifying idea for a building, it needed to be a rallying vision for the users and graduates of an arts magnet school who had come to treasure the value of the school’s urban context but also understood the evolution it had to undergo. Our firm presented the concept of the VMT: “The Beacon of the Heights.”
The project houses a fine arts program that includes print and digital media departments, with state-of-the-art full television and radio broadcasting programs.
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