The School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina was one of the first schools in the world to offer instruction in high-end computer animation and its graduates have gone on to work on such major motion picture franchises as Star Wars and The Matrix. Now the school is about to step into the future itself with a new construction project.
Three monolithic dome buildings are now under construction and are scheduled for completion in August 2003. The round, super-insulated, steel-reinforced concrete buildings will replace the traditional one-story office building that the School has occupied since its founding in 1992.
When completed, the three domes that make up the project will stand equidistant from each other on an 11-acre site in Wakefield, just off U.S. 1. Two of the domes will house pie-shaped classrooms. The third will house a 200-seat, high-definition theater, a soundstage, a mixing stage and editing and audio suite for the school’s digital filmmaking program and digital audio production program.
A flat-roof traditional building will connect the three domes and serve as the library media center. When a fourth dome is built in the future, the quartet of round buildings will form the shape of a diamond.