US University to Open Arts Centre

30 January 2011 (Last Updated January 30th, 2011 18:30)

The $125m performing arts centre at California State University Northridge, US, will open this month. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, the 15,144m² centre includes a 1,700-seat performance hall, a 178-seat black box theatre, a backstage support, classrooms, a 230-seat

The $125m performing arts centre at California State University Northridge, US, will open this month.

Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, the 15,144m² centre includes a 1,700-seat performance hall, a 178-seat black box theatre, a backstage support, classrooms, a 230-seat lecture room, rehearsal and events space, and a broadcast facility.

The centre features two linked buildings wrapped around a central courtyard with cantilevered roof and glass curtain walls, opening toward the school's other art buildings.

The design of the open lobby resonates with a blend of stone, tile and glass elements and features a staircase spanning three levels leading to the upper balcony and a rooftop terrace.

The facility is designed to meet the LEED Silver ratings.

About $80m has been received for the centre from federal, state and county sources, and $30m from individuals, corporations and foundations, with an additional $18m still required, according to archpaper.com.