ArtsQuest Center up for Architectural Award

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks nominated for "Building of the Year," by architectural Website.


The is one of five nominees for Building of the Year, in a contest run by an international architectural Website.

The $26.6 million centerpiece of a new arts and entertainment campus being developed around the old Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces is competing with a concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, an opera house in China, an arts center in Portugal and a reindeer observation pavilion in Norway.

ArchDaily.com, which bills itself as the world’s most visited architecture Website, is running the contest. The ArtsQuest Center and its designers, of Bethlehem, is nominated in the cultural category of new building. There are 14 categories in all.

The Website includes a full description of the SteelStacks project, which can be seen here. Voting continues until March 6.

Patricia herbst February 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM
So very proud of our town. Steel stacks deserves this recognition!
John G. Lewis February 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Patricia: If you are being sarcastic, as I suppose you might, I feel that it is really out of place here. - John G. Lewis
Bern February 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
My town is spending $7Million to tear down similar buildings with nothing in it's place. You are so lucky to have a place to go for art and music.
John G. Lewis February 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I have viewed virtual pictures of the proposed building... and it does look interesting. Hard to say exactly, but might be a very nice venue for people to go and relax. It has been a little time since my stay in Bethlehem, but I know the city fairly well (not as well as the Univesity campus, though); yet I see this, prima facie, as a good development for the city. Let's try and push it through! I know the project may be low on funds, and I have suggested (formerly) that Lehigh Un. consider helping them out. And if it comes to that, as the last alternative for success, I would say we should do it. Yes, sell some of the endowment (1%)... in possible in return for ownership of the steel mills themselves and the riverfront (or some similar deal), and let's get this done. True enough, a general principle of mine is not to be rash, as I have seen to much of this in regard to building and construction. But when one is presented with what is most probably is a very nice center after all, which is to help spruce up, and even more so, the recent rebuilding of the south side, and on top of this, is up for architectural awards, it is in all likelyhood a project that should completed! Therefore, let's work with the architects, the town planners and representatives, and if necessary, the University, and see this through. - John G. Lewis '90


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