Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects unveils design of new Salt Lake City performing arts center

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (April 23, 2013) — Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects revealed its design for the New Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. Unveiling the design before city officials, Senior Principal Cesar Pelli and Principal Mitchell Hirsch showed a contemporary building that emphasizes connections to the city. Set to open in 2016, the 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art theater will attract first-run touring Broadway shows and concerts and will provide an additional venue for Utah performers.

“Building the new Performing Arts Center will allow us to bring more of what we all love — more musicals, more concerts, more comedians, more family entertainment to Salt Lake and our regional audiences,” said Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County mayor.

The design draws from the theater’s surroundings, particularly a glassy office tower to be built to the north and the Tribune Building, a 1920s brick-clad tower to the south. From Main Street, visitors will enter the theater lobby and a winter garden. On the primarily glass façade, the vertical rhythm of the Tribune Building is echoed in mullions, sunshades and integrated banners. The theater’s exterior may incorporate terra cotta, limestone, or wood. In addition to the lobby and winter garden, public spaces include a rooftop loggia and a terrace on the second floor.

Passages through and adjacent to the building —a gallery and a midblock walkway—weave the New Performing Arts Center into the city. The walkway will end at a plaza that will host performances and festivals, bringing life to a key block of Regent Street. Facing Regent, the building is clad in masonry and includes retail shops and entrances to the black box rehearsal room lobby, the gallery, and the stage.

The New Performing Arts Center is one of 18 theater projects by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The firm's work includes the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisc.; and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, Calif.

Rendering by steelblue for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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