The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
Lubbock, Texas is the birthplace of the “music man,” Buddy Holly, and his legacy lives on in what is now West Texas’ largest dedicated performance venue. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences encompasses a 220,000 square-foot campus and includes two theaters, a ballet academy, a dedicated events space, and a full-service bistro. The modern design of Lubbock’s newest landmark reflects the prismatic and layered rock formations of Texas canyons. The gently sloping north facade eclipses a taller south facade, enveloping the main theatre space at the tallest section. Targeting LEED Silver, the facade balances various approaches to creating shade to counter the South Plains’ extreme temperature fluctuations by using long overhangs, angled concrete fins, and deep-set ribbon windows to cool the building and filter light, without obstructing views of the wide vista surrounding the Hall. YKK AP’s YCW 750 Structural Silicone Glazed curtain wall and YWW 45 TU window wall help create expansive spans of glass to dissolve the line between indoors and outdoors, creating a seamless transition for visitors. Almost 80 feet of YSK 750 sloped glazing above the main entrance creates a unique skylight, flooding the atrium and its impressive circular stairwell with light. Interior glass creates a sense of openness throughout, taking visitors from spacious lobbies to intimate studios and theaters. Perhaps most distinctive is the iconic guitar wall – a 9,000 piece sculptural installation depicting Buddy Holly playing a Stratocaster. Designed by Texas artist Brad Oldham, it’s made of multiple-sized guitar picks cast of brushed bronze aluminum.