ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Performing Arts Center
  4. United States
  5. John Douglas Architects
  6. 2009
  7. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 August, 2011
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects, © John Douglas Architects
© John Douglas Architects

© John Douglas Architects © John Douglas Architects © John Douglas Architects © John Douglas Architects +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Structural Engineer

    PK & Associates
  • Mp Engineer

    ESD Engineering
  • Theater Consultant

    Fisher Dachs
  • Lighting Consultants

    Roger Smith
  • Acoustics Consultant

    MCH Consultants
  • Client

    City of Scottsdale
  • Contractor

    Howard S. Wright Construction
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

   

Plan
Plan

The 1975 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts was one of the most notable projects designed by the late Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales, FAIA, who also designed Scottsdale’s signature municipal structures, including the city hall and main library, which are linked to the arts center by the park-like Scottsdale Civic Center. Gonzales was known for his simple, pure forms that echoed both classic Southwestern and Native-American architectural themes. The 100,000-square-foot performing arts center was designed to include a large main theater, a smaller, secondary theater, gallery space, offices and a vast central atrium.

© John Douglas Architects
© John Douglas Architects

During the course of the years, the arts center became a beloved venue in the city, hosting numerous performances, events, art shows and more. The theaters, the atrium and the galleries were tweaked to meet changing audience and city needs. Several years ago, however, it became apparent that the center was in need of a major renovation. It was time to bring everything up to current codes and standards, both from a technical, performance side as well as the patron side.

© John Douglas Architects
© John Douglas Architects

A major renovation in 2009 by architect John Douglas modernized the Center’s main entrance and interiors. The cool and spacious Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium welcomes visitors and showcases Kana Tanaka’s radiant glass sculpture, Spirit of Camelback, commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program. Known for its intimacy and comfort, the Center’s state-of-the-art, 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater envelopes with its warm, wood interiors and excellent acoustics, while its gently sloped seating and superior viewing connect audience and artist.

© John Douglas Architects
© John Douglas Architects

Additional venues include the Center’s 137-seat Stage 2 theater and neighboring 1,800-capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. The Center is located on a lush, 21-acre urban park, a short walk from Scottsdale’s Old Town and gallery districts. Nearby attractions include Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE and Louise Nevelson’s Windows to the West sculptures as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) with James Turrell’s Knight Rise skyspace.

© John Douglas Architects
© John Douglas Architects

The Scottsdale Center is now one of the premier performing-arts halls in the Western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is recognized for its diverse, high-quality presentations of classical and world music, dance, jazz and theater, educational programs and festivals, which serve more than 200,000 people annually.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects" 23 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/161247/scottsdale-center-for-the-performing-arts-renovation-john-douglas-architects/>
Read comments

24 Comments

ScottsdaleArts · September 01, 2011

Did you know our building was inspired by the native adobe architecture of the Southwest? http://ow.ly/6gIdg

Stanford Lake · August 26, 2011

/ John Douglas Architects http://t.co/7PDUl3M

Oscar Lopez · August 25, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/0496Ac9 via @archdaily

Travel Writer · August 24, 2011

RT| Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: © John Douglas Ar... http://t.co/nNgZaHW @archdaily

Serpil Aydo?an · August 24, 2011

Bir Sanat Merkezi Çal??mas? Daha; http://t.co/5MEixg9

abdullah alkanderi · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/2p0b2UX via @archdaily

Juan Carlos Cornejo · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/kx3gldg

Sonia Melani · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/PVFiAp3 via @archdaily

Architype Review · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Architect: John Douglas Architec... http://t.co/hQjne4c

Erik Joya · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: © John… http://t.co/liTn0BN

him + her · August 24, 2011

Architecture Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Archi... http://t.co/w1tnCZN #architecture

Sophie Fergeson · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Architect: John Douglas Architec... http://t.co/Tv4eto0

Arquitectura · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/sth0y47 #architecture

j.i. choi · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/HPAEV7O #architecture

arch_related · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: © John Douglas ArchitectsArchite... http://t.co/sbzaG9S

GR2TF · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: © John Douglas ArchitectsArchite... http://t.co/azAAvoG

Adhie Indreswara · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects via ArchDaily - © John ... http://t.co/7CV6lnz

@ArchiStream · August 24, 2011

via @archdaily Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/wu6Xs6p #Architecture

Renato Papa · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Architect: John Douglas Architec... http://t.co/ogRM4Aa

Archibuilt 2010 · August 24, 2011

Archi. Spotlight: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Architect: Joh... http://t.co/YDmUjAO

Archiburner · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: Architect: John Do... http://t.co/ca0jQkD #architecture

Bocetos Digitales · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects: © John Douglas ArchitectsArchite... http://t.co/MC8j0YY

Architecture Network · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects http://t.co/KzNgmYZ

julian gomez · August 24, 2011

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation / John Douglas Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/UwBZ8Nh vía @archdaily

···

Comments are closed

Read comments
© John Douglas Architects

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovation