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.
Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture
Firm LocationAustell, Georgia, United States
Project locationLubbock, Texas
CompanyYKK AP America, Inc.
Lead ArchitectDiamond Schmitt Architects
Design TeamArchitects: Parkhill Smith & Cooper INC.; MWM Architects General contractor: Lee Lewis Construction Inc. Glazing Contractor: Texas Industrial Glass Metal Systems Manufacturer: YKK AP America Inc. Additional Facade Manufacturer: Fiblast Alabama Facade Consultant: Curtainwall Design Consultants
ClientLubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association
The modern design of the Buddy Holly Hall reflects the prismatic and layered rock formations of Texas canyons. Targeting LEED Silver, the facade creates 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. Expansive spans of glass create a seamless transition for visitors entering the space. Almost 80 feet of sloped glazing above the main entrance creates a unique skylight, and interior glass creates a sense of openness throughout.