Woodside High School, Performing Arts Center

Woodside, California

  • FIRM

    DES Architects + Engineers


    Sequoia Union High School District

  • AREA

    27,300 sq.ft.





A new laboratory for teaching and learning the art of theater has been designed for Woodside High School, where students will experience professional theater through modern technology and architecture.

The Performing Arts Center includes a 500-seat auditorium with a professional-size, 45-foot by 90-foot stage and fly tower; a multipurpose room that can be used as a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$531.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress studio, a green room or a drama classroom; dressing rooms; a costume-fitting room; a scenery workshop; a lobby; restrooms; and a box office. The music department includes two rehearsal rooms for music and choral, offices and instrument storage.

Flexibility was a requirement. The stage was designed with an adjustable orchestra lift, which can be raised and lowered in seconds, even while holding an entire orchestra. Stage electrics are served in the fly space rigging with a sufficient amount of power and dimming, and room for future expansion.

To accommodate the acoustic needs of a variety of performances, heavy motorized acoustic curtains were introduced in the upper interstitial spaces and the rear of the auditorium. Wooden slat walls are used extensively as acoustically transparent baffling and camouflage elements for the acoustic systems. Theatrical lighting was situated at critical angles and distances to minimize shadowing, and to enhance and dramatize the performances.