Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park Amphitheater

  • Client

    • City of Sedona
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - Inspired by the Ball Court at the Wupatki National Monument, the design concept for a new covered outdoor performance venue takes its cue from the history of Sedona itself and is based on the experience of three simple elements: the red earth, surrounding views of the spectacular red sandstone cliffs, and the deep blue sky overhead. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky's design choreographs the visitor experience from arrival to a red entry plaza to descent along a nature pathway to the amphitheater itself. Creating a place where families can gather and experience the essence of Sedona, the structure of the amphitheater canopy is light and minimal, allowing the breathtaking natural views from surrounding neighborhoods to remain as the primary focal element. The canopy's structural elements 'reach' over a portion of the lawn seating to create a modern Latilla shade structure made of simple, lightweight tubes that supplements the shade provided by carefully placed trees. A structured entry court integrates existing trees with new allées of shade canopy trees to define the pathways and arrival points into the amphitheater. 

Scope Summary - The covered performance area provides shaded seating for 200-300 patrons with requisite support program(restrooms, dressing rooms, storage), technology and equipment infrastructure, and site/landscape design while keeping in character of the unique red rock formations and landscape of the existing park. The site design re-uses as much of the existing site conditions as possible including re-using an existing berm for a sound buffer and balancing cut and fill in order to complement the existing landscape and also to reduce cost. The covered performance area integrates fixed acoustical treatments and limited permanent lighting positions. DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, MEP and structural engineering, and theater technical consulting services. 

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and design resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

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Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park Amphitheater

City of Sedona