The Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visual Arts reflects Eckerd’s motto to “think outside” and accommodates the school’s vision for an open and flexible 21st century art school. Its minimal design focuses on light, art, and connection to place. Influenced heavily by site and climate, the permeable architecture encourages and enhances the flow of people and nature and takes maximum advantage of views. Organized into three distinctive and interconnected parts, the facility contains faculty offices, art studios and galleries, and maker spaces for three-dimensional fabrications and sculpture. The interior organization aligns with specific climate control needs and pays homage and respect to the village-like pattern of the campus. Ayers Saint Gross led the planning and design of the project in collaboration with Harvard Jolly.
St. Petersburg’s identity as an arts bastion is further exemplified with the reveal of the new Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visual Arts.
Art at Eckerd College finally has a new home in The Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visual Arts.