Case Study

Inspiring the Arts

Houston Ballet Center for Dance, www.houstonballet.org, develops world-class talent and inspires an appreciation for dance. The new downtown home for the nation's fourth-largest ballet company and acclaimed ballet academy features rehearsal studios that replicate on-stage environments and a black box theatre for dance labs, performances and recitals. Dual-purpose patron areas, with tranquil views of natural areas, accommodate social and fund-raising events. A sky bridge connects to one of the premier performance stages in the country.

Irvine Team is leading the design + construction of a six-level high-rise structure to house the ballet, its academy and administrative staff. Creative design solutions will enhance the facility’s functionality, address acoustical challenges and maximize space utilization for eight rehearsal studios.

Project Facts
• $53 million project budget
• Houston, Texas
• 2007 — 2010
• 115,000 square feet