Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Center for the Arts project area
is a 24-acre site located on the southern
shore of Tempe's Town Lake. This facility
will be the centerpiece of the arts district
within the growing urban fabric of
downtown Tempe. The site area program
is composed of three distinct parts. There
is: a raised plinth comprised of formal
gardens, outdoor seating and sculpture
courts; a passive open space park
connecting the gardens to the existing
Tempe Beach Park to the east; and a
passive open space park to accommodate
the TCA 325 autos, two-dozen busses, and
regional multi-use trail system.
The arts center buildings are organized on
a parti reminiscent of our Native
American Cultures’ building forms. The
"village" of theaters, studios and offices
are shielded from the desert climate and
exterior sounds by a large roof. The
garden arrangements are influenced by
similar Native American forms of “Kiva”
rooms and Hohokum ballcourts.
Additional site composition influences
include dramatic views to existing Papago
The City of Tempe, Arizona
Overall plan view of the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Section in view corridor through entry plaza.
Section through custom shade structure and children’s play area.
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