Completed in 2010, the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI plays with levels and divisions. The building has 10 floors, or rather 5 floors and 5 floors, each alternating by half a floor. This shift is visible from the front, such that half of the building is visibly taller than the other half.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Center's exterior shell are the pinched walls on either side that really distort one's depth perception of the building. The walls also seem like playful window blinds, with bits of glass peeking out of the corners.
The interior design language is fantastic, with a central staircase that is both pure industrial with thick metal sheeting and concrete steps, but also fluid in a graffiti-like sense. Alternating landings are home to furry chairs and cube seating, with overhead projectors paired with every one.
The Center houses a 200-seat theater that sinks into the ground, with outdoor amphitheater seating for passersby. The basement houses a great gallery space and café seating, with the central staircase looming overhead. While the building is reminiscent of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's famous Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, it's certainly an exciting piece of architecture all on its own.