Tempe, Arizona, USA
This 80,000 square foot arts center is located within a 17-acre art park on the banks of Tempe’s Town Lake. The building’s monolithic roof encloses a multi-story “street” where the performance venues and an art gallery sit as distinct building forms. The public spaces incorporate several art pieces and offer striking views of the Rio Salado and Papago Mountains. To serve disparate professional, educational, and community users, we designed a 600-seat multipurpose theatre with demountable orchestra shell, adjustable forestage extension, full fly tower, and four seating levels that stack the audience vertically around the stage, creating an engaging interplay. We designed the Tempe Center’s studio theatre with collapsible seating, reconfigurable staging, and versatile rigging and lighting systems to provide unrestricted creative opportunities.
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City of TempeArchitect
Barton Myers Associates | ArchitektonAcoustician
A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Arizona Wind Symphony, Childsplay, Desert Dance Theater, Tempe Community Chorus, Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Tempe Symphony Orchestra
200, 600Construction type
New constructionTheatre type
Arts center, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre, Community
Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specificationCompletion