Topfer Theatre at ZACH

Austin, TX

This new 420-seat theater defines an outdoor performance plaza for the ZACH family of theaters. The entry approach is defined by a pair of diaphanous glass walls, symbolic of stage curtains.
The Vision

The building is an armature for performance. Its public spaces are designed to invite patrons to participate in the excitement of attending a theater production.

  • Owner

    ZACH Theatre

  • Owner's Representative

    Benz Resource Group

  • City of Austin Managing Dept.

    Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office

  • Construction Manager

    JE Dunn Construction

  • Civil Engineer

    UTE Consultants Inc

  • Landscape Architect

    Resource Design

  • Structural Engineer


  • MEP Engineer


  • Theater Consultant

    Theatre Consultants Collaboratives, LLC

  • Acoustical Consultant

    Creative Acoustics

  • Lighting Design

    Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc.

  • LEED Management

    HOLOS Collaborative

  • Sustainable Design

    Center for Maximum Building Potential Systems

  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Terracon Consultants, Inc.

  • Commissioning Agent

    O'Connell Robertson

  • Constructability Review

    ASD Consultants, Inc.

  • Registered Accessibility Specialist

    Altura Solutions, L.P.

  • Tele/Data Design

    JanCom Technologies, Inc.

  • Environmental Graphic Design


  • Photographer

    Andrew Pogue

0902 Topfer Theatre at ZACH Andrew Pogue V Grand Lobby

Performance Space

The warehouse like theater is a volume featuring moveable walls that allow a customized acoustical experience. Exposed steel structure and concrete masonry walls define the steeply raked auditorium.

0902 Topfer Theatre at ZACH Andrew Pogue V Light Well Detail

A perforated marquee fronts South Lamar Boulevard and landscaped rain garden.

“In contrast to the unmistakably blue, impenetrable volumes seen from its public sides, the face of the theater opens inward and boasts a layered composition of clear and translucent glass that exudes warm amber hues during performances.”

Jen Wong, Texas Architect. December 2014

Project Team
  • Arthur W. Andersson, FAIA

  • F. Christian Wise, AIA

  • Catherine Craig

  • Leah Davis, AIA

  • Christopher Sanders, AIA

  • Chris Ferguson

  • Kailen Ko

  • Robin Logan

  • Meegan Beddoe

  • Leland Ulmer

  • Design Award - American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter - Topfer Theatre at ZACH

    American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter

  • ABJ Award for Community Impact - Austin Business Journal - Topfer Theatre at ZACH

    Austin Business Journal