Under the Sparkling Veil San Antonio Gets a World-Class, Multipurpose Performing Arts Center

June 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

At the geographic center of San Antonio’s Riverwalk—a five-mile lane of shops, restaurants, hotels, and nightspots along the city’s San Antonio River—the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts connects directly with the footpath, inviting visitors to stop at this newly revived and reimagined cultural center. The 120'-high structure is wrapped in a metal veil, a shimmering mesh that becomes a spectacle on the city’s skyline and complements the environment. If it’s early morning, the twinkling veil reflects the pale rose and blue of a Texas desert sunrise; if it’s twilight, the entire building turns a deep blue to match the darkening sky.

Every visit to the Tobin Center brings a different perspective, thanks to the ingenious design by Seattle-based LMN Architects, in association with local architecture firm Marmon Mok, which unites the center’s historic façade with new construction in a blend reminiscent of the Beaux-Arts style.  "You have this historic civic venue, a beloved community landmark, that had lost its connection to the life of the current city,” says George Shaw, one of the architects who
led the project for LMN.

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