Wellington Arts Center+-

Project : Wellington Arts Center

Location : Wellington, Florida

Firm : George Ranalli Architect

associates: Robert Silman Structural Engineer


In 2005, Wellington Cultural Trust commission a master plan for a municipal arts complex on a 10-acre green site sloping toward a 99-acre lake, on one side and, and hiking trails on the other.  Architectural services included examining site factors, such as soil conditions, topography, and access, as well as zoning and land use regulations, to determine financial and regulatory feasibility, and population factors, to determine the greatest potential of the site,  and feasible creative solutions to enrich community members of all ages, social, and cultural backgrounds, year-round.


The master plan for Wellington Arts Center integrates the spatiality of architectural form into the rolling fields and groves of mature trees of the site and the serenity of the shoreline. The plan incorporates three theaters, two museums, a parking structure, and dining facilities, into a landscape of interconnecting pedestrian footpaths, ramps, and bridges, embracing the harbor and lagoon.   A composition of geometric simplicity defines a system of shaded pedestrian footpaths and gentle landing points for an arts pavilion, restaurants, and other visitor amenities, shaping outdoor courtyards and garden terraces overlooking lakefront vistas. The master plan uses the lakeside setting strategically to shape enchanting water elements. A system of channels filter lake water through inland waterways, filling reflecting pools and dynamic elements, before returning the lake water to its source.  The lake water circulation system contributes the additional benefits of passive cooling and prevention of land erosion to the site.


Museum buildings accommodates exhibition and resident artist and education programming, as well as interactive experiences. Three theaters, each placed at a central location on the site, provide traditional and experimental performance spaces, for up to 1,000 visitors. Lakeside dining at two unique outdoor café restaurants, each set at the end of a sweeping stone balustrades, featuring the dynamic natural lighting effects of durable perforated, copper for sunshade.