University of Louisville Cressman Center

Louisville, KY

Occupying the first floor of the 100 East Main Street Parking Garage, the Cressman Center for Visual Arts is home to a glassblowing hot shop, an art gallery, art studios and a seminar room. The University’s Department of Fine Arts came to Rowland with a vision of the Cressman Center being a place “Where theory and practice; artists and public intersect”. As project designers, we were faced with a number of challenges: fitting a large program into a limited space, resolving public versus private access; and finally, balancing the varied HVAC requirements of a hot shop furnished with furnaces and kilns located adjacent to an art gallery furnished with fine art exhibitions requiring tight temperature and humidity controls.