Tempe Performing and Visual Arts Center
When the City of Tempe, Arizona considered building a new performing and visual arts center, they first commissioned Westlake Reed Leskosky to perform a feasibility study and master plan. Based on the firm's work, the City overwhelmingly passed a bond issue including $35 million for the construction of the facility and staged a design competition. Westlake Reed Leskosky's competition finalist design was created in association with architects Hodgetts + Fung and with landscape architects Hargreaves Associates. The dynamic, swerving landforms of the site, the earthwork along the Rio Salado Parkway, and the structure's sweeping, ribbon-like form are integrated as sculpture, with a unifying roof plane acting as an umbrella for the exterior terraces and gathering spaces. To the east, the Center invites activity at the edge of the Art Park. Flanking the lake, the Center's stone-paved Festival Plaza is traversed with pathways and runnels of water, and wide steps for generous seating and views of the lake.