Massachusetts Institute of Technology / School of Architecture + Planning, 2017
Skills: Rhino3D, Adobe Photoshop + Illustrator, VRay, 3D Printing (ZCorp)
A theatre in the round // A theatre in the ground
Inspired by the Colosseum, my theatre(s) hope to integrate the ancient Roman amphitheatre archetype into a new and distinct context - one that is urban and industrial, and vertical and compact. In deconstructing the original elliptical form to create varying modules that are always spatially and visually connected, the theatres challenge conventional hierarchies that exist between spectators and performers to create experiences for both groups that blend and fuse together in novel and exciting ways.
The vertical, staggered stacking of the stairs allows for a purposefully playful circulation that snakes through the inside and outside of the structure - highlighting the theatrical and performative roles of the both the building and its users. While the modules are oriented such that they face the interior core of the structure, each one also has a distinct view looking beyond the bounds of the site.
The exterior structure of the stairs create open, public, engaging spaces consisting of flexible stages and seating, while the interior spaces house additional programs - cafes, lobbies, etc. Additionally, these interior spaces are formed by the negative volumes of their exterior counterparts – blurring thresholds between the inside and the outside, and the private and the public.