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Citrus-inspired performing arts center is unveiled by SPF:a

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Citrus-inspired performing arts center is unveiled by SPF:a. An aerial rendering of the APAC. (Courtesy SPF:architects)

Culver City, California–based SPF:architects (SPF:a) recently unveiled plans for the Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC), an agriculturally inspired 11-acre complex in California’s Orange County. SPF:a’s vision includes a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera house, and a 600-seat black box theater, along with a museum, restaurants, and offices.

A rendering from the courtyard as the sun sets. (Courtesy SPF:architects)

For the project, SPF:a studied Anaheim’s most famous agricultural product: the orange. The fruit was the basis of the puckered geometries and the perforated copper-anodized aluminum panel cladding that wraps them. The site’s gridded layout follows that of an orchard as well, with each building representing a tree.

Rendering from the ground level. (Courtesy SPF:architects)

Judit M. Fekete-Pali, SPF:a president and CEO, said in a statement, “The design strategy helps break down the architectural masses—no more soulless, vast, and uninviting interior public spaces. Each program element operates independently and together.”

Inside of the opera house. (Courtesy SPF:architects)

The 500,000-square-foot campus is projected to cost $500 million and will be completed in 2021.

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