The 270,000 sf Hobby Center for the Performing Arts houses two performance spaces — Sarofim Hall, a 2,650-seat venue in which no seat is farther than 128 feet from the stage, and Zilkha Hall, a 500-seat proscenium theater with natural acoustics.
The complex also includes an administration building, quarters for the Houston Music Hall Foundation, 3,800 square feet of rehearsal space, and 300-seat Artista restaurant.
The building features a dynamically sloped standing seam metal roof with a gold soffit, french limestone, brick, and painted steel columns.
A glazed, 60-foot-high curtain wall provides views of downtown Houston’s skyline and Tranquillity Park. A terrace running the length of the Center offers an outside congregating area for theatergoers coming from the lobby, piano bar, and restaurant. A soaring covered walkway connects the main entrance plaza with a 7-level, 800-car parking garage.
The project site’s adjacency to Buffalo Bayou also required special retention systems to assure stability during excavation and foundation construction.