The Ascend Amphitheater earns the 2017 USITT Architecture Merit Award, the latest in a run of honors for the HplusF design. The award comes as a major industry tribute from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, which celebrates the creative image and technological exploration of performance spaces all over the world.
The award will be presented on March 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. during the annual USITT convention, held in St. Louis from March 8-11, 2017.
Ascend Amphitheater won the AIA Middle Tennessee Honor Award, sweeping state, regional, and local awards in Tennessee. The amphitheater was designed by Hodgetts+Fung, who were selected by Nashville-based executive architects Smith Gee for HplusF's renewal of the Hollywood Bowl.
Inspiration came from 1960s Gretsch amplifiers, a reference to Music City’s heritage that resonated with AIA Middle Tennessee.
Ascend Amphitheater was presented with an American Institute of Architects Gulf States Award of Merit on May 20, 2016, during the National AIA Convention in Philadelphia. This is the AIA's Regional (Southeastern) Awards.
"The reference to the amplifier as a metaphor could have been dangerous, but the architects’ subtle use of form and space was strong in its execution," was one of the comments from the jury. The amphitheater, located in Nashville, Tenn., received one of only 14 awards given out of 130 submissions.
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