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!