From Our Editors
One glimpse of the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall tells patrons where the $127 million in renovations went. A marriage of architectural adventurousness, landscaping, and functionality, the structure smacks of elegance apropos for the grandiose home of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. Before guests enter the spacious lobby, lined by glass walls that reach to five stories high, they saunter through the Kreielsheimer Promenade–a 17,800-square-foot public plaza of striking symmetry. Here, a warm kaleidoscope of fluctuating colors constantly changes the shades of the space, bathing attendees in a variety of chromatic moods. Artwork from a variety of practitioners spans McCaw’s corridors, from a suspended sculpture of found objects by Sarah Sze on the north end to the Japanese imagery of Roger Shimomura on the south end. Inside Susan Brotman Auditorium, 2,900 plush green seats make for prime viewing of the impressive stage, where musical acts such as Michael Bublé, R.E.M., and Bill Clinton have sent notes soaring across the acoustically sound structure.