By Nick Gilbert
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA) has been chosen to create the blueprint for a prominent performing arts center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which will be a vital entertainment destination in the region. In collaboration with HKS Architects’ Salt Lake City office, PCPA will take charge of creating a blueprint for the Utah Performing Arts Center on the city’s Main Street.
The selection panel of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City chose the PCPA/HKS team from among many applicants who were the architects of some of the most distinguished theaters in the world.
Similar to the earlier projects of the enterprise, the blueprint of Utah Performing Arts Center will incorporate the soul of the surroundings. PCPA will integrate the theater into downtown Salt Lake City, providing access to the latest developments and boosting the economic development of the region. The avant garde theater will be providing seating for 2500 individuals and will be made to bring in the best and most distinguished first-run touring Broadway shows and concerts and will also offer an extra destination for performance teams in Utah such as Ballet West and Utah Opera.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was founded in 1977 and is run by Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke and Rafael Pelli. Among the best known works of the enterprise are Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka, Japan, and the North Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.