We’ve designed performing arts buildings and theaters of all sizes. Some are components of larger cultural destinations, others are stand-alone. We’ve adapted historic buildings into theaters and have designed new performance venues which convey the excitement of fresh artistic expression.
Getting the Acoustics Right
The measure of concert hall acoustics is the degree to which audiences are able to detect a broad dynamic range, meaning not only the intimate notes of a string quartet but also the lavish color of a large orchestra. We’ve used a variety of techniques to facilitate this broad aural range. They include acoustic glass panels that diffract, adjustable drapes that absorb, and ceiling-hung panels that reflect.
Backdrops for Celebration
We have a special interest in buildings that can operate as backdrops for public celebration, performance, and special events. Backed by Principal Chad Floyd’s NEA-sponsored research into settings for public celebration, we’ve created plazas, amphitheaters, theater villages, arts quadrangles, concert venues, parks, and other outdoor environments that nurture festivities.
Teaching as a Performing Art
Inspired by an insight that teaching, too, is a performing art, we’ve brought theater know-how to the design of learning environments. In some instances we’ve shifted the paradigm of the academic building to that of the performing arts center, and in other instances we’ve moved the passive spectator lecture hall to the interactive theater-in-the-round format.
The Hidden Dimension of Some Theaters
Performance spaces, theaters, and concert halls can be made to host other kinds of activities, too. For instance, with the right design touch a black box theater can become a perfectly good lecture hall or banquet venue. A flat floor concert hall can nicely accommodate sit-down dinners, meetings, or dances.