Silver Spring at Night

The newly constructed Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Silver Spring Maryland.  The free-form layout of the building may appear a bit incongruous, but I find it excitingly lively.  The uniquely shaped stairwell stairwell on the southern end of the building is quite compelling at night.  That the space must be constantly lit to achieve this effect is somewhat regrettable, however.  Excessive lighting is one of the greatest energy wastes in buildings, which on the whole account for 70% of national energy usage according to the US Green Building Council, proctors of the LEED certification.

From the Montgomery College website:

“The Cultural Arts Center will contain two performance spaces. The 500-seat music and dance theater with a state of the art stage and acoustics will be used primarily as a rental space/booking house by organizations from outside the College. The 100-seat theater will be used by the Communications and Performing Arts Department for performances and as a classroom space for speech, theater, film, and dance classes. In addition, regional theater groups and community organizations will use the theater.”

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