SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
The Bicentennial Arts Center consists of three major elements: Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake Art Center, and the Major Plaza (with fountain and amphitheater). These elements are positioned on the four acre site, defining a series of public spaces adjacent to Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2,806 seat Abravanel Hall was designed in collaboration with noted acoustician, Cyril M. Harris. Although constructed for a lower than usual cost-per seat, the hall has been judged by international critics and visiting performers as “second to none.” The hall has continental seating for 1,833 on the orchestra level. The remaining the seats are on three tiers which tightly wrap the rectangular hall. A four-story lobby opens into a formal plaza.
The Salt Lake Art Center’s main gallery is glass enclosed on the north face looking onto the Main Plaza. The Art Center is visually open internally as well, and views from the Collector’s Gallery and classroom access ways into the Main Gallery allow the general public and students to view the exhibits from an elevated point-of-view.
The Main Plaza is at the same elevation as the street and forms the podium on which Symphony Hall rests. It is enlivened by a 12-foot high fountain and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and brown bag lectures.
Client Salt Lake CountySize Symphony Hall: 102,400 sf, 2,806 seats; Art Center: 30,700 sf