Sage Creek High School Performing Arts Center

Carlsbad, California

  • FIRM

    Rachlin Partners


    Carlsbad Unified School District

  • AREA

    16,500 sq.ft.





Design team: Michael Rachlin, AIA, LEED AP (Principal-in-Charge); John Thomas, AIA (Project Manager); Jennifer Harrison, AIA; Rudy Monico

As part of a design competition, Rachlin Partners o?ered a striking design for the new Sage Creek High School Performing Arts Center, a facility housing programs that include choir and instrumental music, musical theater, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY540COST PER SQ FT$939.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and dance. The facility also supports lectures and concerts by visiting artists.
From the arrival plaza, visitors are led to a spacious two-story lobby designed to provide ample room for queuing into the audience chamber. It can accommodate groups of more than 200 for pre- and post-performance gatherings. The black box/multipurpose room, separate from the audience chamber, features a double wall and corridor to reduce noise transfer.
The audience chamber is designed to seat more than 340; consideration is given to sight lines and acoustics that deliver a more intimate experience and improve student attentiveness.
Perforated metal panels on the entry façade are suspended in front of a structural glazed curtain wall to control the amount of sunlight cascading into the building. Presenting a striking modern aesthetic, the screens also offer a unique opportunity to provide large-scale projected signage for event advertising.