City Theater: An Urban Theater in Lower Manhattan

Studio: Third Year Spring 2011

Faculty: L. Seewang, L. Rice, S. Rustow and S. Betts 

 

The site, located near City Hall in Lower Manhattan at Nassau and Ann Street’s, is smothered by its towering context. From a reading of the program for an urban theater as an extension of the civic fabric, the project lifts and stacks the two required theaters. Giving the black box theater to the street – as an extension of civic life – allows the theater to spill out on to a series of steps which extend through the site; creating a through block of new civic space. The proscenium stage theater is lifted atop of a structural truss, housing the required administrative programs, as an object atop a podium. From here an elevated platform visually reconnects the site to City Hall creating a new plane for the comedy of the theater to engage with the symbol of the civic. 

Street
Street
Exploded Structure Axonometric
Exploded Structure Axonometric
Street Elevation
Street Elevation
Rear Elevatioin
Rear Elevatioin
Section
Section

Section cut through both Black Box and Proscenium Stage Theaters.

Section
Section
Sectional Perspective
Sectional Perspective
Lobby Perspective
Lobby Perspective
Roof Terrace
Roof Terrace
Study Models
Study Models
Model
Model
Site Model
Site Model