NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Feb. 4, 2010) – The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater have won a 2010 Architecture Merit Award from the USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
The Architecture Awards Program is sponsored by the Architecture Commission of USITT, an association of design, production and technology professionals in the entertainment industry. The awards honor excellence in the design of theater projects. Awards are evaluated by a panel of distinguished jurors for creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations.
Completed in 2006, the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater expand the Orange County Performing Arts Center, one of Southern California’s premier cultural destinations. Organized around the Plaza of the Arts on Costa Mesa’s Town Center Drive, the building is an elegant and vibrant sculptural form. The main entrance to the concert hall is an undulating glass wall, while the other three sides of the building sides are a composition in limestone recalling Cubist sculpture. In the lobby, a silver-leafed ceiling soars 80 feet above street level. Along the staircase, 300 sparkling lamps are suspended at graduated lengths.
The Samueli Theater has its own architectural identity. Above the entrance, large frosted glass panels, illuminated from behind, accent the white limestone façade. As in the concert hall, the theater lobby includes a white ceiling that glows with recessed edge lighting. The walls are constructed of masonry units, while the room is articulated with horizontal wood battens, culminating in an end wall faced with richly colored veneers. The space accommodates various configurations, including end-stage, theater in the round, meeting and banquet.
The awards were announced by USITT on Feb. 3 and will be presented April 2 at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Kansas City, Mo.