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Midland, Texas, Stati Uniti d'America: Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center by Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen
Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is a performing arts facility for the West Texas Permian Basin region.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Equidistant from the cities of Midland and Odessa on a satellite campus of University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the 109,000 square foot center is the result of a partnership between the University and both communities.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

The architectural design is rooted in the landscape of West Texas, inspired by its geologic strata, spare desert landscape, and endless skies. From the underlying strata, in a series of folded planes and stacked forms, the building appears to emerge.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

The main volume is clad in indigenous rough-hewn limestone block, sourced from a quarry near the site. Evoking the nature and weight of geologic compression, the block pattern tightens and scales down as it nears the ground.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Reflecting the vast Texas sky, the taller building forms are clad with stainless steel panels. Blending with its surroundings during the day, the building is a glowing beacon at night, visible for miles.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Inside the lobby, thick sculptural walls suggest spaces carved from solid rock. A wide staircase connects the three stories with fluid views between levels. the main hall seats 1800, has programmable ceiling lights, and is organized to create intimacy for audiences of varying size.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

The 1800-seat multi-purpose hall has the flexibility to accommodate performances ranging from symphony concerts to rock shows, from touring Broadway productions to ballet. the university’s academic uses of the space will include lectures, convocations and other large campus gatherings.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Variable acoustic elements include a demountable orchestra shell, a retractable acoustic canopy and adjustable acoustic drapery, acoustic reflectors at the ceiling and 9,000 square feet of adjustable acoustic drapery. An underfloor air distribution system provides climate control that uses significantly less energy.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

The recital hall features telescopic riser seating and acoustical curtains that convert the room from an event space for a reception into a performance space. Building systems are optimized for the region’s climate.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Oriented toward the north, windows and skylights are sited to avoid heat gain. Native plants, bioswales and low-flow fixtures help conserve water, while displacement ventilation and daylight-sensing lighting controls reduce energy use.

Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen
Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen
Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen
Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen

Location: Midland, Texas, Usa Architects: Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen Architects Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates Mep Engineer: Shah Smith & Associates Civil Engineer: Landgraf, Crutcher, and Associates Landscape Architect: Kdc Associates Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander Acoustical Consultant: Jaffe Holden Acoustics Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden Area: 109,000 sf Year: 2012 Client: University of Texas of the Permian Basin Photo: Timothy Hursley

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