George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

 

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater began as an urban master plan for an entire city block in Salt Lake City. After the completion of the master plan, the 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater was designed as an urban performing arts center, celebrating the architecture of Salt Lake City and the landscapes and skies of Utah.The building is characterized by the need to create an important landmark identity and, most importantly, to enhance and fit into the city's fabric.

The building has two major parallel "fronts" of differing but related character. From Main Street, visitors enter the theater lobby/winter garden, which has the ability open up to the street. The primarily glass Main Street façade recalls the architectural elements of Salt Lake City with a large L-shaped frame of limestone-a material used in prominent Salt Lake City buildings-simultaneously separating and unifying the performing arts center and the office tower above it. A smaller frame defines the glowing and transparent lobby winter garden. 

The Regent Street façade is more casual than its Main Street counterpart. Retail shops, the rehearsal room lobby, and the entrance to the Galleria surround the stage door. On the south end of the building is the Regent Street Plaza, which doubles as a loading area and event space. The acoustically-glazed black box theater projects over the public space and large loading gates. This functional space converts to a lively event space, hosting parties, performances, farmer's markets, and other public functions.

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