Boise Performing Arts Center
With an overarching goal of heightening the value of the performance hall, the Boise Performing Arts Center (BPAC) creates avenues for educational and artistic exposure for local and regional users. The program includes: a 650-seat theater, a smaller 200-seat theater (for education and small-scale purposes), a temporary performance space, a gallery display wall, classroom spaces for all age types, and a professional rehearsal studio. When designing the BPAC, the theater space was seen as a precious element that needed protection and seclusion. This theme is executed in the design by adding an operable shell of perforated metal along the building's exterior, creating an implied sense of separation between the interior and exterior, and further separating the theater space from public extremities. A curtain wall plants the lobby space, enticing the passersby and creating a 'show before the show.'
This studio project won the People's Choice Award, nominated by University of Idaho professors, at the 2015 American Institute of Architects Spokane Design Competition.