LOHA transforms a historic orange-packing house into a diaphanous arts center at Chapman University

“Dancers drive themselves constantly,” the American modern dancer and choreographer Murray Lewis once explained, “producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience.” As Murray and other figures in the dance world have testified, “lightness” is one of the essential ingredients of dance: Countless hours of heavy-footed missteps are smoothed out to become so light as to defy gravity.

It is this same sense of lightness—both as a physical and metaphorical quality—that guided Lorcan O’Herlihy when his firm, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architect (LOHA), was commissioned by Chapman University to transform a 100-year-old orange packing house in Orange, California, into the Sandi Simon

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