The Wooden Floor

Santa Ana, CA

The Wooden Floor
22,000 sq. ft.

The mission of The Wooden Floor (formerly Saint Joseph Ballet) is to help low-income, ethnically diverse youth gain self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family service programs. The school’s new Santa Ana home is a unique facility for children who dance and the thematic architectural design conveys the notion that “movement happens here.” This image is captured in the curves of the outside walls, as well as in the volumes and roof forms throughout the space. The new performing arts space and gateway project for Santa Ana’s museum district is a two-story glass and cinder block building with three dance studios, dressing rooms, a courtyard, community room, volunteer room and education center. The building’s design recalls the graceful elements of dance performance, and curved roof forms provide physical expression to the interior functions of the dance studios.