The 1.1 million square foot Conference Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly a structure of superlatives. It occupies an entire 10 acre city block across from historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The main auditorium—perhaps one of the largest of its time—seats 21,000 people with unobstructed views for all. It accommodates the church’s semi-annual general conferences as well as pageants and other events. The rostrum, which normally houses the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, can even be converted to a massive stage as needed. A separate theatre seats an additional 950 and plays host to smaller events.
The vast main auditorium necessitated special attention to acoustics, to assure that even those seated in the farthest seats can not only hear speakers, but the Choir. Sophisticated acoustic engineering techniques were required to make this possible.
A six-acre rooftop garden also provides a rest from the hustle of the city, with expanses of native alpine meadow flora, a series of pools and a waterfall, as well as spectacular views of the city and the mountains beyond.
Project done in collaboration with another architect.