The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture aims to maintain its mission and history within downtown Charlotte’s primarily corporate environment, while addressing location and infrastructural challenges which necessitated that the Gantt Center sit atop two vehicular tunnels.
The Center is located in what was an African-American community destroyed in the 1960s to make way for corporate and highway expansion. The perforated metal panels on the building's south elevation evoke the African-American artistic practice of weaving and quilt-making, while the angular lines on the west, south, and east facades recall the artistic medium of woodcutting.
AWARDS: 2010 AIA North Carolina Honor Award, 2007 AIA North Carolina Honor Award - unbuilt, 2007 AIA Triangle Honor Award - unbuilt
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina. SIZE: 46,500 s.f. PROJECT COST: $20,958,577. COMPLETION: 2009. CLIENT: Afro-American Cultural Center (now Gantt Center) / Wachovia Corporation
ARCHITECT-OF-RECORD: The Freelon Group
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES: Full architectural design services (conceptual design to construction administration) including programming, design, and coordination of the following consultants: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, structural, audio-visual, security, signage-wayfinding, civil, landscape, associate architect, data-telecom, lighting, and exhibits.