This new 2,300-seat auditorium features a stage with elevating orchestra pit, a 65-foot high flyspace, and support spaces to accommodate first-rate productions. The facility offers a variety of entertainment and community events ranging from musicals and symphonic performances to community meetings.
The design of the center incorporates the use of natural Lowcountry references as well as materials established in the connecting Charleston Area Convention Center complex. Undulating patterns in the carpet allude to the rhythmic patterns of water, while figured Makore wood and Mahogany panels and trim provide warmth and scale to the space. The flanking walls of the auditorium were designed with a horizontal emphasis to visually direct the eye to the proscenium. The columns, clad in figured Makore, are crowned with custom sconces of the same wood and gently curve outward. These architectural members separate side aisles from the auditorium seating. Accent lighting mounted in decorative stainless steel and copper panels imitates abstract water patterns and leads the eye to the stepped wood-clad proscenium.
Custom-designed pendants and sconces are used throughout. Their wrought-iron frames, twisted and fashioned into abstract Lowcountry grass forms, are crowned with monochromatic hand-blown glass luminaries and reference the historical materials of a past era.