Hodgetts + Fung

Hodgetts + Fung

Culver City, CA


The Wild Beast - CalArts

“I am interested in how the wild beast lives in the jungle, not in the zoo.” — Morton Feldman, composer
Clad in copper-hued shingles, and nestled into the berm which flanks the entry drive, the Wild Beast Pavilion is both a recital hall and an outdoor performance shell. Hodgetts + Fung  conceived of this performance space much as one might design a musical instrument, with an acoustically resonant form, simple adjustments to enhance performances, and functional, yet aesthetically rewarding materials.  The main volume is defined by a curving, three-dimensional form which, much like the soundboard for a stringed instrument, forms the principle structure as well as an acoustically appropriate cavity.  It is complemented by a rank of regulating windowpanes set to create a clerestory, and operated by computer-controlled servos, which act to further “tune” the resonance of the volume.  Below these windows, and extending the width of the room, are monumental retracting panels which open to convert the space into an outdoor pavilion.

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Status: Built
Location: Valencia, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer: Thornton-Tomasetti / Bruce Gibbons
Mechanical Engineer: Initial concept: IBE / Alan Locke
Electrical Engineer: Lucci and Associates / Ken Lucci
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers / Brian LaFranchi
Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover / David Conant
General contractor: HWI Construction / Tom Hinerfeld
Photographer: Tom Bonner