Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to present our proposal for the Torpedo Factory Art Center is below.
Our team’s approach to optimizing the contribution of the Center revolves around recognizing the broad range of artistic endeavors animating the City’s creative landscape, including the culinary arts, multimedia arts, computer-generated and graphic arts, and the other forms of artistic expression which complement the visual artists who have been, and will remain, a mainstay of our arts community.
Our vision for the Center prominently increases the visibility of all its artists with a physical facility artfully conceived to support and inspire curated programs which will increase traffic around and throughout the Center. An open-air atrium in the center of the building will bring natural light to all floors of the building as well as provide a dramatic invitation to explore a very special place.
The culinary arts become an animating feature of the TFAC, through a street-level market-leading culinary school and adjacent food emporium which combine to showcase the talents of an urbane array of proprietors, which will build off the attraction of the riverfront to create a powerful year-round draw. Regional and global cuisines will be presented in the artistic, cultural and historic context of Alexandria.
The second floor will showcase the visual arts that have always been at the heart of the TFAC, with working artist and gallery spaces as intriguing to visiting members of the community as they are to the artists. Our plan provides 50 spaces across the 2nd floor, for which we expect to formulate in collaboration with the City an operational model responsive to both the community’s Arts agenda, and artists’ requirements.
The third floor will prioritize 21st century art forms, including a maker space for physical creations, a digital art and media lab for digital and social media creations, a center for entrepreneurship, incubator spaces for local business creation–all anchored, animated and continuously refreshed by a rotating exhibition space.
Two high speed elevators will bring members of the public to the top floor, the attractions of which will include the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, an event space for conferences and other functions, a destination restaurant with waterfront views, and an adjacent outdoor observation deck with all-weather comforts. Destination visitors will be able to proceed by those elevators directly to the celebrated historic ship hulls recently unearthed from the waterfront.