First free-standing venue in the United States designed specifically for the performance of jazz completes in San Francisco
The SFJAZZ Center is the first freestanding venue in the United States designed specifically for the performance, appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. The transparent, 3-storey Center comprises the Robert N. Miner auditorium, Joe Henderson Lab, rehearsal spaces, digital learning lab, café, box office, and administrative offices. The Center, which opened in January 2013, provides SFJAZZ with its first permanent home in the organization’s 30-year history and establishes a hub of music, culture, and community.
It is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification from the USBGC. A transparent glass façade wraps the ground floor public spaces to reveal the excitement within. The floor-to-ceiling glass allows the lobby, café and ensemble room to activate the urban streetscape and invite the public inside. The all-glass, acoustically isolated, multipurpose ensemble room - the Joe Henderson Lab - puts artists within feet of passersby on Franklin Street, further enhancing the sense of accessibility and connection.
On the upper 2 storeys, a rhythmic façade of opaque and clear glass and street-facing balconies underscore the Center’s civic spirit. While the public spaces open to the city, the Robert N. Miner auditorium is intimate and focused. This flexible, state-of-the-art room accommodates audiences from 350 to 700, and provides a range of experiences including views from behind the stage.
A reconfigurable stage supports a wide variety of acts while raked seating establishes an intimacy that makes the audience itself part of the performance, contributing to a more dynamic experience. Underpinning all of the spatial and visual design priorities is the most import goal: to create performance spaces with the highest quality acoustics throughout.
Every detail from the custom seats to the wood slats wrapping the hall’s interior was developed to ensure an optimal live jazz experience. The Center also integrates next-generation technologies; the building is fully wired for recording, broadcasting and production.