floor or a true opera house – all in a room with
The Christine Devitt Lobby, with its helical
stairway and balcony-lined space, is designed
for impromptu performance and pre-concert
gatherings. The 425-seat Crickets Studio Theater
will have its own entrance, lobby and lounge.
A 6,000ft2 (557m2) multipurpose room will be
dividable for concurrent events.
Think it over
Registered for LEED Silver certification, the
project had to address local climate conditions
when targeting its sustainability goals. With
intense light, high winds and extreme seasonal
heat and cold, most buildings in the area are
inward looking with reduced fenestration.
This seemed antithetical to the community’s
aspirations of an inviting theater complex.
With the main entrance facing south, the
architectural solution is a long canopy and a
string of hanging solar fins designed to work
together to provide the required shade yet allow
views and indirect light.
Referencing the local palette and materials,
a brick base harmonizes with earth tones while
Above: The Christine Devitt
Lobby will be used as a space
for social gatherings and
buffed aluminum panels above take on the colors
of the sky. The fly tower is enclosed to give the
building a streamlined and uniform appearance.
“Buddy Holly Hall will be an urban living
room, a cultural hub of Lubbock, and is the
cornerstone of downtown revitalization,” says
Lella. “Done well, this kind of program versatility
is rare among theaters and the objective here is
to address the city’s need for performance spaces
and to create top-tier environments for each
one – a place where both ballgowns and cowboy
boots will feel at home.” n
Wilfrid Laurier University
Design leaders for the cultural building sector
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