Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
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 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.
The multi-level grand foyer with its circular marble staircase, and curved balconies on the upper levels, echoes the curves of the facade.
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 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
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.
The Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is named in honor
of Henry Segerstrom and his late wife Renée.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
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.
Facts about Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Architect of Record:
Peter Walker & Partners
Artec Consultants Inc
John A. Martin & Associates
Arup & Partners Calif. Ltd.
C.J. Segerstrom & Sons
Last updated: December 17, 2012