opsis architecture

Opsis Architecture won the nationally invited design competition for this new performing arts and cultural center in the Foothills region of north Scottsdale. The overall program included a 70,000 sf performance venue (with a 900-seat multi-purpose hall and a 350-seat theatrical space), a 60,000 square foot branch library, 40,000 square feet of retail space, and 60,000 square feet of office space. The complex is envisioned as a dynamic village of the various functions surrounding a desert botanical garden.

The Opsis scheme revolved around preserving as much of the natural desert as possible while weaving the new cultural center’s functions with its incredible natural setting. Parking is placed under the office buildings to minimize intrusion into the desert landscape, and the performance building’s mass is used to shelter outdoor rooms from sun and the noise of nearby roads. Elevated wood walkways bring visitors through the desert landscape to the performance hall’s main lobby, which faces west to catch the sunset’s brilliant colors on the nearby mountains.

Stats

  • 230,000 sf
  • Completed 2005

Awards

  • Winning Submission Design Competition, 2001

Demonstrated Experience

  • 900-seat multi-purpose hall
  • 350-seat theatre
  • Branch library
  • Retail space
  • Office space
  • Native landscaping
 
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center

Stats

  • 230,000 sf
  • Completed 2005

Awards

  • Winning Submission Design Competition, 2001

Demonstrated Experience

  • 900-seat multi-purpose hall
  • 350-seat theatre
  • Branch library
  • Retail space
  • Office space
  • Native landscaping
 
 
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center
  • Foothills Cultural Arts Center