ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks stands in front of the remaining Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.

The west façade of the ArtsQuest Center is dominated by a steel balcony—a nod to the site's manufacturing roots—over one of the main entrances.

West façade.

For the largely glazed north face, the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the musical performances taking place within to those on the adjacent plaza.

The east façade is clad largely in precast concrete wall panels with a hand-screed finish.

Site Plan

Exploded Axonometric

First-Floor Plan

Second-Floor Plan

Third-Floor Plan

Fourth-Floor Plan

South–North Section

In acknowledgement of the site's industrial past, the architects chose the color International Orange to paint the exposed steel structure in the lobby, and throughout the ArtsQuest Center. This color is best known for its use on the Golden Gate Bridge, which is just one of the many national landmarks built from Bethlehem steel.

Along the window wall in the lobby is a commons space where visitors browse the gift shop or wait for a showing in one of the building's two movie theaters.


Behind the box office counter, a staircase leads to a second-floor gallery space.

Starting on the second floor, a spiral staircase anchors the west end of the building, and serves as the primary circulation route.

The majority of the concerts in the ArtsQuest Center take place either in the plaza outside, or in the third-floor café, which doubles as the venue's main stage.

The second-floor gallery space is called the Blast Furnace Room because of its view.


View up through spiral stair.

Bar area.

Balcony looking out toward the blast furnaces.

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