This 440-seat theater serves as both a performance center for prominent musicians from around the world and as a learning studio for the music students at the university. Direct burial uplights in the lobby and adjacent exterior plaza reinforced the architect’s goal of creating a transparent façade at night. The folded zinc panels that surround the building were grazed to allow light to seep through at night reinforce the origami-like nature of the building.
At night, the ceramic metal halide uplights and wall-washers lighting the wood and zinc panels illuminate critical surfaces supporting the illusion of the glass-less façade. The sweeping mountain range metaphor is once again reinforced with the uplight as the light strikes the ceiling and structural framework. Using a small aperture adjustable light slot in the lobby ceiling we were able to aim lighting to the floor despite the angles of the roof line. The ceramic metal halide uplights and wall-washers provide a complementary warm color to the zinc and wood panels.