Posted in projects on November 17, 2014 5:43 pm EST

Idea Generator: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A new community venue in Orlando, Fla., represents fresh thinking on cultural institutions as agents of change in urban planning.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, Fla., opened Nov. 15, 2014. All images by Matthew Jezak.











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TAGS: architectural design, mixed-use, performance space, sustainability, urban planning,


By Church Designer Staff

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a prestigious new cultural center, debuted Nov. 15, 2014, reportedly transforming the city and reshaping the way travelers think about Orlando, Fla.’s cultural offerings.

The $500 million venue, 30 years in the making, rests on a nine-acre site over two blocks in the middle of the city, and is potentially one of the last large-scale cultural centers built in the United States. It represents a new way of thinking about cultural institutions as change agents in urban planning, and gives residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy entertainment, conduct business, shop and reside in a common metropolitan area.

The recycled materials totaled over 3 million pounds—equivalent to the weight of six Statues of Liberty.

The Dr. Phillips Center is a partnership between the center itself, the City of Orlando and its citizens, and will be a hub for all types of entertainment. The open concept design minimizes emphasis on walls and underscores that all are welcome to make the center their own.

Della Phillips Grand Lobby

A Closer Look

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Its design, public green space, and location are fashioned to foster residential and commercial spaces in and around the structure. To provide “Arts For Every Life,” the center will offer world-class programming, educational opportunities and an inclusive environment. Programming at the center ranges from classic performing arts (the Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Ballet) to traditional and evolving art forms—Broadway tours, popular headliners, comedy, lectures, and more.

Once fully completed, the Dr. Phillips Center will include two performance theaters, a community theater, outdoor plaza/performance space, rehearsal rooms, educational space (classrooms and performance space) a community facility, and administrative offices.  continued >>