In October of 2017, we announced our partnership with two acclaimed architect firms, C Design of Charlotte, NC, and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York, NY. Since then, we’ve been busy working with architects like Rob Crane and Malcolm Holzman to determine what we’d like to incorporate into the Center.

Luckily, we’ve had some amazing developments. We’re happy to present our concept renderings, along with descriptions from Holzman. Cue the drumroll!

(Note: These are not finalized, detailed sketches of exactly what the Center will look like, but they present some very exciting possibilities.)


Concept rendering of the view from Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

Community Arts Center: The community exhibition gallery, rehearsal and education space, and main entry promenade along Catawba Avenue announce this new cultural catalyst for the Lake Norman region. Complimenting other civic and retail structures, it welcomes children and adults to a myriad of daytime and evening programs.


Concept rendering of the view of the Center from above Oak Street Mill.

Backyard festival space: “Complimenting programs inside the Center, organized periodic gatherings celebrate special community events in an exterior park like setting. Tiered lawn and hard surfaces used regularly for parking form a general seating area for focused events on a flexible stage adjacent to the Arts Center. Film, live presentations and children’s events occur during the performance season. Seating, picnic tables, and data access allow for year-round usage.”

Concept rendering of what the interior of the Center could look like.

Cultural Promenade: “The multi-level animated space functions as an informal gathering area before and after events and as a destination with a rooftop terrace. Accessible to outdoors at three different levels it also serves as a landscaped drop off location for school groups and event goers. Complimentary planting elements unify the open spaces on adjoining sites.”


Concept rendering of theater space at future Center.

Regional Playhouse: “An open loft like space with a three-sided balcony accommodates 450 individuals for a variety of entertainment events. The flexible space permits music, theater, dance, film, conference meetings, dinners, celebrations and community gatherings to be equally presented and enjoyed. The timber roof truss system spanning the space recalls the mill buildings previously found on the site.”


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