Sonoran Desert Center for the Arts
Westlake Reed Leskosky's conceptual design for the Sonoran Desert Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona takes advantage of an extraordinary natural environment, revealing the beauty of the surrounding desert while being minimally invasive to the landscape. Encompassing 110,000 square feet, the planned campus includes a 2,000 seat theatre, a small studio theatre, a museum branch and amenities such as an outdoor patio grill and a full service restaurant. Illuminated pedestrian paths connect parking areas and the various buildings and allow patrons to experience the desert at various times of day and night. An initial concept for the main theatre features a glass backdrop for the stage framing a dramatic view of Black Mountain in the distance.