Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

This 456,000 square foot complex consists of two performance spaces housed under an impressive 150-foot high, barrel-vaulted glass roof. The Kimmel’s 2,500-seat concert hall was inspired by the cello, and the curved geometry of the room and wood finishes resemble the shape and texture of the instrument. The intimate hall wraps the audience around the stage on three tiers of 360-degree balconies, creating an intimate and undiluted connection between performers and spectators. The hall is an ideal space for orchestral music as well as touring groups and other events. The smaller of the two venues, the Perelman Theater, features a large turntable, half of which contains a permanent orchestra shell that rotates upstage to reveal a fully equipped 40’ wide proscenium theatre. Seating in the Perelman is mounted on hydraulic risers. The seats can be removed and the risers lowered to create a flat floor for banquets and parties.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Credit: Theatre Projects
Credit: Theatre Projects
Owner

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Architect

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Acoustician

Artec

Users

Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops®, American Theater Arts for Youth, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Seat count

650, 2500

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Concert hall, Multiform theatre, Multipurpose theatre

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2001

Venue website

kimmelcenter.org

Credit: Theatre Projects
Credit: Theatre Projects
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Theatre Projects

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