This high profile performing arts center features a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat cabaret/multi-use space, offices, rehearsal rooms, production and support areas, a donor reception room, a catering kitchen, concessions areas and a large open courtyard.
The concert hall seating is arranged in a two-level semi-circular form, much like lyric and opera theaters, with a strong emphasis on the visual connection from patron to stage. An acoustically permeable wood “nest” wraps both audience and performance platform so that the sound energy that comes off the performance platform can pass through the “nest” and the reflection off the outer “shoe box”-shaped heavy concrete and masonry shell, a preferred classic concert hall geometry and material that benefits non-amplified music with its rich auditory warmth.
- Engineering News-Record
ENR California Regional Best Project (2019)