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  5. Bing Thom Architects
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  7. Arena Stage / Bing Thom Architects

Arena Stage / Bing Thom Architects

  • 01:00 - 16 November, 2010
Arena Stage / Bing Thom Architects
Arena Stage / Bing Thom Architects, © Nic Lehoux
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Washington, DC, United States
  • Principal

    Bing Thom, Michael Heeney
  • Project Director

    James Brown
  • Theater Consultant

    Fisher Dachs Associates
  • Structural Engineer

    Fast & Epp
  • Electrical Engineers

    Stantec, in association with Vanderweil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers

    Yoneda & Associates
  • Lighting Design

    William Lam
  • Civil Engineers

    Wiles Mensch Corporation
  • Acoustical Engineer

  • Code Consultant

    LMDG in association with Koffel Associates
  • Glazing Consultant

    RA Heintges & Associates
  • General Contractor

    Clark Construction
  • Construction Manager

    KCM, Paeonian
  • Client

    Arena Stage
  • Area

    200000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater doubles the company's previous facilities.  The design by Bing Tom Architects included restoring two historic theaters, Fichandler and Kreeger,  and adding a new experimental theater, Kogod Cradle.  A wood and glass structure encase all three theaters topped by a sculptural and dramatic cantilevered roof.  Bing Thom Architects thoughtful site design has turned this project into a catalyst in the SW Washington community spurring redevelopment with in the surrounding areas.

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

Project Team: Brian Ackerman
, John Camfield, 
Venelin Kokalev, Ling Meng, Michael Motlagh, Francis Yan, Harald Merk, Berit Wooge, Bibianka Fehr, Dan Du, Nicole Hu, Robert Sandilands, Bonnie Thom
, Amirali Javidan, 
Shinobu Homma, 
Derek Kaplan, 
Marcos Hui, Rose Chung

Working closely with the client, the architects focused on incorporating Artistic Director Molly Smith's idea of 'a theater for all that is passionate, exhuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit.'

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

A new theater, subsurface administration, parking and support spaces, rehearsal halls and a free span roof with bars and a cafe enclosed by a one of a kind wood/glass cable supported curtain-wall system.  Arena Stage has a free form roof and a 140' cantilever.  Over 15,000 cubic yards of architectural concrete was used, and a complex audio, theater, acoustic and MEP systems.

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux
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