Saint Paul Academy and Summit School

Huss Center for the Performing Arts

Saint Paul, Minnesota


The Huss Center, a vibrant new home for the Performing Arts on Saint Paul Academy's campus, includes a 650-seat Performance Hall, a 180-seat Multipurpose Space and an Arts Commons that acts as both lobby and student gathering space. The project's simple and economical precast concrete construction is animated by three undulating elements: a dynamic perforated metal fa├žade on the exterior, a colorful ceiling system within the public space interiors, and a layered scrim wall within the Performance Hall. Situated between a Modernist 1970's addition and an American Collegiate-style 1990's addition, the project unifies its context by merging the clean, simple lines of the former with the materiality and warmth of the latter.

The project was honored with a 2016 IIDA Northland Chapter Interior Design FAB Excellence in Design Award and recognized as a Top Project of 2015 by Finance & Commerce.