WildBeast Pavilion

The Wildbeast music pavilion is a multi-purpose performance space, able to be quickly transformed from an indoor classroom and recital hall to an open-air orchestra shell. Dedicated to the avant-garde composer Morton Feldman, the pavilion takes its name from his observation "I am interested in how the wild beast lives in the jungle, not in the zoo." 
Sited at the gateway to the 1970’s era campus, the project serves a multitude of purposes for which acoustics, structural design, materials, and symbolic presence were integrated to produce a building which was conceived as a highly tuned instrument for musical performance.
Acoustic clarity and precision were governing principles for the design of this recital space and outdoor stage for the Master’s Program in music at the California Institute of the Arts.

“The finished building not only performs as we hoped it would, but has also become a singular icon which has helped connect CalArts to the surrounding community in a new way.” -Steve Lavine, CalArts President 
A combination of rotating, sliding, and pivoting surfaces allow the pavilion to easily and quickly adapt both spatially and acoustically to a variety of performance configurations. Large sliding doors on the South elevation enable casual outdoor performances before an audience seated on the lawn under an existing canopy of trees, and the rotating surfaces on the North wall may be adjusted to project natural sound towards them.
HplusF designed unique “spiders” fabricated from aluminum plate to support the cantilevered glass at the clerestory. Technical imperatives dictated the deployment of aircraft control surface actuators to tilt the surfaces outward in order to relieve sound pressure when the pavilion is in outdoor performance mode.
The near-perfect harmonies of form and technology found in musical instruments – from the taut strings and pegs of a guitar to the curved body of a violin exemplified our mission as we sought to create a design for the Wildbeast. By adhering to the unyielding physics of structure and acoustics, much like the designer of a musical instrument, the building is able to capture much of the expressive quality inherent in a musical instrument while making no concessions in order to achieve acoustic excellence.
Project:WildBeast Pavilion
Project Type: Cultural - Performing Arts Center, Educational - School
Location: Valencia, California
Project Size: 2450 sq.ft.
Schedule: Start: 2004
Completion: 2009