Renzo Zecchetto Architects of Santa Monica was honored Thursday, June 14th, with a Los Angeles Architectural Award for Outstanding Architecture in the Unbuilt Category for the Santa Monica College (SMC) Madison Theater, currently under construction.

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 37th annual awards ceremony brought together world-renowned architects, contractors and developers to acknowledge and celebrate the most laudable new projects in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles Architectural Awards are presented to the project teams whose contributions improve the quality of architecture and enhance the urban fabric of Los Angeles.

“We are very pleased to recognize Santa Monica College’s Madison Theater for helping to showcase Los Angeles as a truly world-class city,” Los Angeles Business Council president Mary Leslie said.

“It is the collaboration and hard work of their entire project team that makes this type of innovative development possible.”

The new state-of-the-art Madison Theater, to be completed in the spring of next year, is slated to provide a venue for dance, music, drama, and film with a focus on attracting culturally and artistically diverse productions of national and international significance in the heart of Santa Monica, SMC officials said.

The design of the theater consists of a 535-seat horseshoe plan with balcony and box seating wrapping to the proscenium, providing intimacy similar to an Italian opera house, officials say.

The facility will include a studio/rehearsal space, 30,000 square feet of new construction and approximately 5,500 square feet of renovated area.

College officials said the new theater will be an important complement to the Santa Monica College’s Music School as it relocates to the Madison campus.

Awardees were selected by a nine-member jury of peers including architects, contractors and developers.

To receive an award, projects have to be located within Los Angeles County and completed during 2005 or 2006, except for the “unbuilt” category.

Griffith Observatory received the grand prize for the renovation of the interior of the observatory, as well as its commitment to the conservation of historic materials.

The Los Angeles Business Council is a nonprofit association of more than 300 businesses, agencies and individuals working to address critical issues that impact the business climate and economic health of Los Angeles.