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FEEDBACK REQUESTED - Campus Performing Arts Hall - NO CC

by Zarathustra Posted 1st Jul 2017 at 10:47 PM - Updated 2nd Jul 2017 at 6:44 PM by Karen Lorraine
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Some of you may have seen various comments I've made about my ongoing project of designing an Ivy-League-esque university campus, and today, I present to you two of the lots that will eventually comprise part of that school! (This also means that these two lots are less distinctive in their own right, and thus there's less to talk up in the descriptions, as I have tried to make them a fair representation of the spaces to be found around campus!)

These lots are both complete in their own right (I wouldn't have uploaded them if they weren't!), but I am still in the relatively early stages of furnishing and decorating most of the campus buildings you see in the wider neighborhood screenshots above. As such, while I encourage you to enjoy them, I would also like to specifically request feedback on what you think works, what you think doesn't, what seems most Ivy-League, what seems out of place, etc.

It was the Performing Arts theme for these two months that really kind of prompted me to finish up these two lots in the first place, since this performing arts hall was already close to finished. As one of the main student centers on campus, this is one of the 'grander' lots that makes up the university, with a towering columnar facade on the main entrance above the box office, and elegant side entrances providing access from neighboring streets as well, and the main auditorium with its more than 300 seats (yes, really- good luck filling all of them! ) carries this grandiose effect over to the interior as well.

This concert hall itself is more than three stories high, and acoustically designed so as to ensure ideal sound quality to each and every seat in the house. The stage is defined by panels which reflect the sounds of the orchestra outward into the audience, and provides seating for a fair-sized student orchestra (or plenty of space for soloists, if you prefer). At the rear is the university's own pipe organ, designed in a modern style to complement the interior of the building. An instrument of this size obviously cannot be removed when not in use, but it is possible to hang additional curtains towards the rear of the stage if a performance in which the organ would seem out of place is being put on. (just add in a few more walls and put the curtain wallpaper on them- it actually looks pretty convincing!)

Backstage, dressing rooms, greenrooms, and administrative offices can be found for the staff of the latest performances, each one with its own distinct personality. Each dressing room does include a personal vanity for performers to prepare for their acts, as well as various opportunities for relaxation before and after shows. There is also space for storing props and instruments not currently in use on-stage, on the balcony area which runs behind the main stage on the second floor.

(The more public side of the amenities available from this building is largely limited to the men's and women's restrooms, which can be found on either side of the stage on the second floor mezzanine.)

As one might expect with a concert hall of this size, there is a good deal of space simply left open in the public lobbies of the building, with elegant staircases and a coffee shop available for patrons of the arts who feel the need to get up and stretch their legs during intermission or after a concert.

In each lobby is also found a mezzanine area with ample seating, as well as being a decent area simply to walk about for audience members trying to keep their legs from falling asleep (or performers suffering from a brief bout of stage-fright prior to their debut!) Finally, on the ceiling of each is found a hand-painted abstract fresco, updated each year in a style determined by the incoming classes of performing and visual arts majors.

These same students will often later go on to perform their very own compositions and stage shows in this building as part of their senior recitals, and their classmates can often be seen attending various staff performances throughout the academic year (students are often allowed to purchase tickets at substantially reduced prices from the box office in the days leading up to a performance- take advantage of it!)

While this lot is a more effective standalone entity than many others that will eventually comprise the university campus it's part of, I would encourage you to consider the wider-angle screenshots that show how this building fits into the larger world around it! It occupies a central location on campus, just behind the historic Old Main building, and on one of the main cross streets that provide access to the university.

While pricing for a community lot on a university campus is largely irrelevant, if you choose to use this lot elsewhere, it will ring in at $572,974 (all that empty space makes this a substantially cheaper building than many its size!) This is true for both university and other neighborhood pricing, in contrast to dormitories.

As should come as no surprise by now, no CC was used anywhere on this lot.

Finally, I would highly encourage you to visit the CFF thread ( on the larger project this lot comes from, and also to look at the dormitory I have also uploaded, and please give me as much feedback as you can! While I'm always happy hearing things like "this is awesome, thanks!" in this case, I would really really like to have more detailed suggestions from those of you who download these lots, in the hopes that I can use your feedback to make the eventual university campus even better!

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Lot Price (furnished): $572,974

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 1st Jul 2017 at 11:40 PM
Nicely done. The inside construction reminds me A LOT of an early 1970's lecture hall where I went to college.....
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 12:57 AM
Amazing, It seems your University is coming along very nicely! I'm Excited to Play in it!
#4 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 4:43 AM
It looks as if you could actually enter and enjoy a show or perform. Beautiful interior and exterior work.
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#5 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 5:01 AM
Originally Posted by atymer
It looks as if you could actually enter and enjoy a show or perform. Beautiful interior and exterior work.

You can direct Sims to sit in any of the concert hall seats, OR direct them to perform on-stage, no problem, but sadly, they can't watch an on-stage performance from in the audience seating, so any "audience" watching a performer would just be for effect...

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#6 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 6:38 AM
I *LOVE* your concert hall! The inside looks incredible! My biggest disconnect is that the inside of the building in no way informs the outside of the building. I would have expected the hall's semi-circle to be visible at some point in the exterior, but this looks like you have entirely encased a music hall inside a generic gothic building. Aside from the awesome banners in the front (love that idea!) I have no idea that this is a creative space. It could just have easily be furnished as the math building. Can't believe I'm quoting my architecture and design professors now, but 'Form Follows Function'.

This is part of the exterior of my alma mater's (not ivy league, but still a respected college) music school's theater: Corbett Theater at University of Cincinnati. And this is the music hall of the more homogeneous college campus where I grew up: Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University. As for Ivy league, Cornell's music hall is a giant round building. Yale's music hall has a round dome on one corner, and Harvard's music hall, while the most subtle of the bunch has a curved end of the building and has a silly roof on top.

I look forward to more of this project! From your neighborhood picture, you are SO much further along with your college campus project than I am with mine! Keep going!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 9:55 AM
Oh my word, the organ! That's so creative!!! I can just see Phantom of the Opera performed on that stage. Beautiful work!
Test Subject
#8 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 2:40 PM
#9 Old 2nd Jul 2017 at 2:50 PM
I am always enamored by your work...this is no exception! The cohesiveness of the collegiate gothic is astounding! This is a beautiful lot (and strangely, the interior concert hall looks identical to the one my campus had!!). Love the detail of the wallpaint as banners.
Test Subject
#10 Old 4th Jul 2017 at 5:28 PM
All in all this is awesome; I love the details you have put into this lot, especially the organ.
However, there are a couple of things I wonder about:
There isn't much need for bookcases in dressingrooms, is there??
Since there is nothing on the roof, there is no reason for it to accessible - I know, I am really picking right now...
It would make sense to place some exit-signs, with it being a public building and all.
And a room for the costumes wouldn't be out of place.

I am really looking forward to seeing the finished campus, it looks great.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 6th Jul 2017 at 4:25 PM
This series is absolutely amazing. I love all of your work, and this is no exception.
Test Subject
#12 Old 11th Jul 2017 at 6:08 PM
Incredible project! Thanks!
Link Ninja
#13 Old 23rd Jul 2017 at 6:52 PM
I'd seen the interior before in the sims 2 forum, which I absolutely adore and the exterior was unexpected. It looks good, I love that box office area and the steps up to it but I think Phaenoh had some good input about the building design. I am just stunned in a good way on how you make such amazing lots without CC - those bronze system pipes for the organ are brilliant.
Field Researcher
#14 Old 7th Feb 2018 at 10:37 AM
Beautiful! Love the layered searing, and the classy style.
Test Subject
#15 Old 14th May 2019 at 2:21 PM
I saw your post about this Campus and MAN, what is this? Your buildings are just amazing. I was anxious to see the neighbourhood but I have to confess I didn't expect for this, this is bigger and better than I thought. I'm really impressed with your creativy and your talent and I can't wait to see more. Really thanks for sharing this, keep doing the work, it's amazing!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 30th May 2021 at 8:21 AM
One of the best stages ever! Great job!