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Performing Arts Centers

January 07, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Steven Chilton Architects designed the project.

Xiqu Center entryway

All photos: David Lloyd, Courtesy SWA

October 14, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Xiqu Center is the first venue in the world designed for classical Chinese Opera.

Top Cultural Sector Construction Firms for 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary3

Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, designed by HGA. The library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, PCL, Clark Group, and Gilbane top the rankings of the nation's largest cu...

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Top Cultural Sector Engineering Firms for 2019 Sunset-Park-Library-Updated-Rendering

The Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, comprises eight stories and 21,000 sf. The library encompasses the first two and a half floors of the building, while the remaining five and a half floors house 50 affordable residences for qualified low-income occupants. Rendering courtesy Magnusson Architecture and Planning


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Arup, EXP, BRPH, and Thornton Tomasetti head the rankings of the nation's largest cultura...

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Top Cultural Sector Architecture Firms FOR 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary1_use

The HGA-designed Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Populous, DLR Group, Stantec, and Perkins and Will top the rankings of the nation's larg...

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2019 Cultural Facilities Giants Report Macalester_University

Macalester College’s new Theater, Dance, and Classroom building in St. Paul, Minn., designed by HGA, includes a flexible performance space that allows for different seating and performance configurations. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The future of libraries is less about being quiet and more about hands-on learning and face-to-fa...

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Steven Holl Architects, The Kennedy Center expands for the first time since its 1971 debut

An aerial view of The REACH (left, in front of the Kennedy Center), whose three pavilions are connected underground. Images: Richard Barnes, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

September 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The REACH, with three pavilions on a generous lawn, adds openness and light to this performance s...

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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at dusk

Courtesy AUX Architecture.

January 31, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

AUX Architecture designed the building.

Taipei Music Center near the end of construction
January 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Reiser + Umemoto designed the facility.

The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach

Courtesy Leo A Daly

August 21, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Leo A Daly designed the expansion.

Courtesy of the Colburn School

March 23, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The expansion will add three performance venues to the downtown L.A. campus.

The glass facade at the National Theatre of Albania

Rendering courtesy BIG

March 15, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is a 3-in-1 cultural venue in downtown Tirana.

Aerial view of APAC

Rendering courtesy of SPF:architects

February 20, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SPF:architects designed the complex.

The exterior of the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center, with the 19th century smokestack visible.

Photo courtesy of Windover Construction

September 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CBT Architects and Windover Construction collaborated on the adaptive reuse project for Middlesex...

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The 1,200-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheater will reopen next month after a nearly four-year, $72.2 million renovation and expansion. Image: Gennia Cui

June 30, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The performing arts venue, nearly a century old, has undergone an extensive refurbishing.

May 08, 2017 | Mark Oppelt

For more than 15 years, LPA has completed many projects for the East Central Independent School D...

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Left: Rendering of The Chrysalis courtesy of © THEVERYMANY. Right: The Chrysalis, as it nears completion in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods © Arup. 

April 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stage is covered with a curving steel and aluminum-shingled shell.

Image © Volker Kreidler

March 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall hosted its debut concert on Saturday, March 4 with a performance by the Boulez Ensemble....

Image courtesy of The Container Globe

January 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Container Globe would be used for theater performances, live music, and as a sculpture garden...

Main Concert Hall. Image courtesy of Sydney Opera House

August 31, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Acoustical improvements will be made alongside upgrades in accessibility, efficiency, and flexibi...

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Synagogues in Omaha and New York get new lives after intense reconstruction

The performance space at the Omaha (Neb.) Conservatory of Music was carved from the sanctuary of what had been Temple Israel. Image: @2015 Dan Schwalm/HDR

June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Omaha Conservatory of Music gets a new home in a temple. A fire leads to an ambitious rebuild...

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Diamond Schmitt designs multi-purpose Buddy Holly Hall for a variety of performing arts

Diamond Schmitt's Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas. Renderings courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click images to enlarge.

May 04, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The spacious and versatile complex can hold operas, plays, rock concerts, and conferences.

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World’s largest cultural center planned for Dubai

Dubai Opera House. Rendering courtesy Emaar.

May 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Opera District will have a 2,000-seat theater and three residential complexes.


Construction begins on RUR Architecture DPC’s Taipei Pop Music Center’s South Site

Taipei Pop Music Center’s North Site (background) and South Site (foreground). All renderings: Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto. Click here for larger image.

April 22, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The designers believe the center, which will have performance areas, production spaces, and a hal...

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Rendering courtesy © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

April 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Among the unique design features is a movable set of structural audience “towers” that allows for...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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Designs Unveiled for Warsaw Art Museum and Theatre

The buildings will sit next to each other, connected with landscaping that will bring in over 100 new trees. Renderings by Encore courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

September 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Emphasizing the building’s role in the public sphere, the museum will be accessible from all side...

Vox Populi: Netherlands municipality turns to public vote to select design for new theater

The design, called Theater on the Parade, received 57% of 2,681 votes cast online, beating out Rotterdam-based Ector Hoogstad Architects’ more classical, brick-structured proposal. Renderings courtesy UNStudio

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNStudio’s Theatre on the Parade received nearly three-fifths of votes cast in contest between tw...

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Rojkind Arquitectos serves up Mexican concert hall on the rocks

The museum was conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater. Renderings courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

July 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The same way Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim has put Bilbao on the map, architect Michel Rojkind hopes h...

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London opens business complex made from 50 shipping containers


June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's newest business complex, Pop Brixton, will support local entrepreneurs, create jobs, and...

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