Mesa Arts and Entertainment Center
1 Water Garden
2 Recessed Plaza
The City of Mesa, Arizona
3 Shadow Walk
The Mesa Arts and Entertainment Center’s design con-cept,
entitled ”Shadow Walk,” organizes an ensemble
of individual buildings along a shady promenade,
defined by rows of trees and lava stone benches, an
allegorical “arroyo” waterway, and punctuated by
high canopies extending from theater lobbies. The
design creates patterns of shade and sun that results
in a pleasant outdoor public space year-round.
The Shadow Walk and associated open spaces cover
approximately 120,000 square feet of high-quality
pedestrian surfaces, integrated visual art, design stu-dio
courtyards and a variety of special site features
and gardens. These plazas and gardens create the
urban environment for the Center’s 180,000 square
feet of performance theaters, rehearsal studios, gal-leries
and classrooms anticipated to welcome 2,000
Design Workshop provided detailed design and doc-umentation
for the Mesa Arts Center in collaboration
with Martha Schwartz Inc., of Cambridge, Mass.
Design Workshop was responsible for the project site
budget of more than $6 million.
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