Bringing together the anthropological and fine art collections of Colgate University, the new Center for Art and Culture(CAC) is a facility for teaching and the display of art as well as a new social hub that will reinforce the interchange between the university, the Village of Hamilton and a wider cultural community. The brief called for a development that would “offer experiences that position visitors and participants at the intersection of art, life and the community”.
Planned for the site formerly occupied by Parry’s hardware store between Utica St. and Madison St., the building sits in the downtown commercial district of Hamilton Village. Comprising a series of three distinct volumes that are set at angles to one another, the scheme acknowledges the geometry of the existing buildings on the site and the asymmetry of downtown Hamilton’s roads. The volumes follow the scale of the village, with each element accommodating a specific function, while allowing for fluidity between. The community building will include a flexible room for public functions, as well as offices, a reception area and amenities. The Longyear Museum of Anthropology and the Picker Art Gallery will contain exhibition space, seminar rooms, project space, and archive space.