Central Washington School of Music

Ellensburg, Washington

The School of Music at Central Washington University features a 600-seat concert hall and rehearsal spaces.

The new music building at Central Washington University two wings are connected by a cylindrical glass lobby. One wing provides classrooms, faculty studios and practice spaces while the second wing houses the performance venue and rehearsal spaces. A 600-seat concert hall and smaller recital hall are located off of the glass lobby. The design elements of the main concert hall are integrated throughout the music building. In the concert hall, a curved wall and ceiling panels grow from the stage platform and become sail wall elements in the audience chamber. These sculptural sail walls continue down the side walls and wrap around the back of the concert hall, creating a dynamic space. The rhythm of the sculptured sail wall is repeated in the small curved side parterre elements.

A harmony of design details continue in the smaller recital hall where a long curved wall extends along the length of the entire room. At audience level the wall is broken up into vertical planes, while the upper portion of the wall is fractured into complimentary horizontal planes. Supporting rehearsal halls also have their own unique repetitive language, yet still remain in concert with the overall design. This project was in association with Studio Meng Strazzara.