Kenneth King Performing Arts Center, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, Colorado
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Kenneth King Performing Arts Center
Auraria Higher Education Center
Denver, Colorado
  • 2002 Merit Award, United States Institute for Theater Technology
The King Center brings together three separate educational institutions to teach, learn, and appreciate the performing arts. The building accommodates 39 classrooms, 150 faculty offices, seven performance venues, and support spaces. Each institution “owns” one dedicated production studio and shares all other spaces within the building. The design program supports, illustrates, and builds upon multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaboration in several ways. An informal indoor street serving various performance venues replaces the typical formal lobby.
The building design puts “backstage” functions into full view of the campus, illuminating and dramatizing the creative process behind each performance. The scene shop and paint shop are visible from the exterior. The costume shop and design studio are visible from the “main street” lobby. The 185,000 square foot building includes a 550 seat Concert Hall, 350 seat Courtyard Theatre, 200 seat Recital Hall, and 75 seat Electronic Music Studio. It is shared by the University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Community College of Denver.