The Center for Arts & Innovation recently revealed the first designs of its new hub in Boca Raton designed by the widely-acclaimed Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Piano only accepts two to three new commissions worldwide a year, which is a testament to The Center’s vision to usher in an international renaissance in Palm Beach County.

Through its design, The Center is poised to uplift four societal pillars: the arts, education, business, and community. The process is expected to take 18 months.

Amphitheater concert on east side of Piazza

“When you’re designing a conceptual plan as an architect, you’re often designing something that you don’t know, yet, exactly what it will be,” said Piano. “Innovation is like beauty—you don’t just say someone is beautiful for their exterior, they’re also beautiful because of their mind. The same sentiment will apply to The Center. It’s not about being a beautiful building; the beauty is in what will be created and invented inside the building.”

The Edith & Martin Stein Public Lobby

The new campus will consist of a three-story building serving functional needs and providing multi-use spaces that will be open to the public. The eastern side of the building will feature a large multi-functional, convertible event and performance space with the ability to merge seamlessly with the outdoor piazza. The third floor will host the city’s first covered rooftop terrace with food and beverage service, offering views overlooking Plaza Real and the city’s downtown. The roof will take advantage of the Florida sun to produce both electricity and hot water through 100,000 square feet of revolutionary hybrid photovoltaic solar collectors.

“For The Center to fulfill its goal of inspiring, growing, supporting, and shaping communities, artists, students, creatives and entrepreneurs, our physical space itself must be as innovative as those who will visit and use it, and this initial design by Renzo Piano begins to bring shape to that vision,” said Andrea Virgin, Chair & CEO at The Center.

Community gathering in the Belvedere

Above the roof will be a special 100-person capacity panoramic space, known as the Belvedere, with 360-degree views of the city, ocean, and beyond. Parking will be provided underground.

The Center hosted a celebratory ceremony of its reveal at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which coincided with the opening of a retrospective exhibition, “Renzo Piano and RPBW: Le Fil Rouge of Contemporary Architecture.”