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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – WAGNER NOEL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Illumination twinkles over the sweeping plains of West Texas — igniting a warm beacon of light visible for miles.

This new world class performance center, at nearly 10 stories tall, hosts a wide range of events from University level performance and musical education, convocation ceremonies, lectures and other community experiences, to more regional and national Broadway theater, symphonies, ballet, and opera offerings. The state-of-the art complex includes a 1,800-seat auditorium in addition to a 200-seat acoustically treated recital hall. Our collaboration with BORA Architects included the auditorium and recital hall, public, performer, and technical support spaces, academic and administration areas, as well as the exterior façade, site and parking.

The design expresses inspiration from the unique local surroundings and geology. Conveying the open West Texas sky on a captivating evening, a sparkling “starfield” lighting technique is applied at the auditorium ceiling. Within the flexible recital hall, wall washers and slots detailed into the wood ceiling provide simple and clean general illumination for the more intimate space.

Project Highlights

• State-of-the-art controls
• Programmable lighting levels

Architect

BORA Architects

Location

Project Background

• 108,000 square feet
• $81 million

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