Cleveland Museum of Art Gartner Auditorium Renovation

  • Client

    • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - The Cleveland Museum of Art needed to accommodate multiple uses within the existing 683-seat auditorium, which no longer served the Museum’s changing outreach and education programs--including films, lectures, dance and chamber music performances. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design for the renovation re-imagines, re-tunes, and upgrades the auditorium to accommodate today’s needs, while honoring the original 1971 design by renowned Modernist architect Marcel Breuer. A re-design of walls, ceilings, and stage provides maximum flexibility, variable acoustics, lighting, and technical positions responding to varied performance conditions, including amplified music, film and lectures, dance, and chamber music. The renovation preserves the original wood wainscot, interprets Breuer’s composition and material palette, and corrects the negative acoustical impact of the original design through use of new materials and acoustical shaping. A number of alterations dramatically improve the acoustics and flexibility of use of this multi-purpose auditorium. A new, more transparent batten and scrim system replaces the original Breuer design of the sidewalls and a new ceiling plane, consisting of sound-transparent expanded metal panels with strategically placed acoustic reflectors and diffusers, replaces the original wood batten ceiling. 

Scope Summary - The scope of this 10,200 SF renovation included the re-design of walls, ceilings, and the stage for architectural and acoustic purposes. New lighting and theatrical equipment and access were integrated into the built fabric of the renovation. New side wall paneling created of metal frames, wood battens, and theatrical scrim replaces the original wood paneling and conceals variable acoustic draperies and sound chambers behind them. The ceiling was largely altered to be “acoustically transparent” to capture the acoustic volume above the visual ceiling plane. Additional scope included: theatrical improvements (new performance lighting, controls, equipment, and rigging); electrical, audiovisual, and HVAC systems upgrades; and architectural improvements (deeper stage with resilient wood sprung floor for dance, as well as orchestral performances, ADA access, new seating, refurbished house flooring, architectural lighting, and finishes). DLR Group|WRL provided architecture and theatre technical design services, as well as audiovisual design peer review.

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

Awards & Recognition

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  • Design Award

    International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Cleveland
  • Design Award, Honorable Mention

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio
  • Honor Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cleveland
  • 27th Annual Reconstruction Awards, Silver Award

    Building Design & Construction

Cleveland Museum of Art Gartner Auditorium Renovation

Cleveland Museum of Art