Idyllwild Performing Arts Center

Architecture & Interiors


After recently winning the design competition for the Idyllwild Performing Arts Center (IPAC), a new performing arts center for Idyllwild Arts Academy (IA), Sander Architects, known for being at the forefront of prefab exploration, proudly came in $2 million under budget for the project, a noteworthy accomplishment.  




The Building design incorporates a complex with two theaters, lobby, gallery, café/bookstore, practice rooms, offices and classrooms.  It sits aside the rocky hillside complimenting the vertical with the horizontal curved/sloped roof plane.  The Theater and Concert Hall masses will penetrate through this curved roof plane and will be sheathed in rusted cor-ten panels.  


The panels will have an irregular topography inspired by words and music of the performers, composers and playwrights.

The entire roof will be planted with drought-tolerant greenery. Overflow seating for the concert hall will be on the roof, and movies will be projected on a side of the theater fly tower, creating a large area for outdoor movie viewing. 

IA is one of the country's top three domestic High Schools for the arts with an international student body.  I am sure this inspiring architecture will be as inspiring to the students thereby bringing many to its doors.  

Have an infinitely modern day!

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  1. trimtab21

    Jan 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    a few curvy roofs and tilted planes makes not a great building.

  2. Shelia

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Terrible school and worse design. Idyllwild Arts in an abomination and the faculty are terrible.

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