Allied Works Architecture's design transforms Booker T Washington High School in Texas

One of the United States’ most famous arts colleges has undergone a radical reordering intended to foster creativity among students.

The Booker T Washington High School of Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, has been transformed by creating a series of simple high-ceilinged spaces for music, dance, theatre and visual arts.

As designed by Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon, and New York city, the arts spaces are clustered around four-storey atriums that in turn lead off a large central courtyard or amphitheatre.

The building materials in facing brickwork, fairface concrete and exposed ductwork have been used to express their handmade character and thereby reflect the raw creativity instilled by the school.