Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Pelli Architects

May 15, 2006 /

Costa Mesa, California, USA

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The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall, home for the Pacific Symphony, is an elegant and vibrant sculptural form that glows in the southern California light.

On the south, east and west sides the building is seen as a composition of solid forms clad in Portugese limestone.

The undulating glass curtain wall on the north side of the building, naturally protected from the rays of the sun, creates an ever-changing composition of reflections, transparencies and highlights.

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The undulations of the walls reflect for me a number of things: the waves of the Pacific Ocean as well as the waves of sound that will be emanating from the performers.

/Cesar Pelli

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The multi-level grand foyer with its circular marble staircase, and curved balconies on the upper levels, echoes the curves of the facade.

300 stainless steel pendants, with Baccarat crystal lights, are suspended from the circular silver-leaf ceiling.

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The 2,000 seat Concert Hall, panelled in blond maple wood, will feature the most advanced acoustical engineering, with three adjustable canopies, finished in five-star silver leaf, above the performance platform, and sound chambers in surrounding walls.

The C.B. Fisk concert pipe organ will dominate the far wall. The pipes and organ compartment will be silver-leafed and provide a fluid impression of upward flow to the canopies.

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The building will also house rehearsal rooms, including a dedicated space for the resident Pacific Symphony Orchestra, kitchen and dining facilities, a centralized box office, administrative offices, VIP suites, and public and performer support areas.

The Concert Hall is organized around a large Plaza of the Arts with a more than 60 feet tall Richard Serra sculpture commissioned as the centerpiece. The sculpture is constructed of five torqued waterproof steel plates set on a pentagonal ground plan.

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The Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is named in honor of Henry Segerstrom and his late wife Renée.

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The Samueli Theatre
Orange County Performing Arts Center

The 500-seat Samueli Theatre has its own entrance with large frosted-glass panels, mounted on the limestone facade, creating a dramatic marquee.

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The interior, paneled in wood veneer, is reminiscent of the intimate Broadway theaters. Pendant-style lighting fixtures, suspended from the ceiling, culminate in Murano glass eggdrop-shaped globes.

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Pelli's first commission for C.J. Segerstrom & Sons was the adjacent Plaza Tower, a 21-story, stainless-steel landmark.

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Facts about Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Total area:

301,000 ft2

Architect of Record:

Gruen Associates

Landscape Architect:

Peter Walker & Partners


Artec Consultants Inc

Structural Engineer:

John A. Martin & Associates

Mechanical Engineer:

Arup & Partners Calif. Ltd.

Electrical Engineer:

FBA Engineering

General Contractor:



C.J. Segerstrom & Sons

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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