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How to Design Theater Seating, Shown Through 21 Detailed Example Layouts

09:30 - 16 November, 2016
How to Design Theater Seating, Shown Through 21 Detailed Example Layouts

Audience sightlines, accessibility and acoustics all make theater seating a hugely precise art. As part of their set of online resources for architects and designers, the team at Theatre Solutions Inc (TSI) have put together a catalog of 21 examples of theater seating layouts. Each layout is well detailed, with information on the number of seats, the floor seating area and row spacing. These layouts fall under three general forms; to supplement this information, alongside TSI's diagrams we've included the pros and cons of each type, as well as examples of projects which use each format. Read on for more.

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre / Stevens Lawson Architects. Image © Mark Smith Theatre Agora / UNStudio. Image © Iwan Baan Ulumbarra Theatre / Y2 Architecture. Image © Peter Clarke Hamburg Elbphilharmonie / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Iwan Baan +32

TheatreSquared Reveals Designs for Permanent Facility

08:00 - 10 November, 2016
TheatreSquared Reveals Designs for Permanent Facility, © TheatreSquared
© TheatreSquared

On November 3, TheatreSquared Executive Director Martin Miller and Artistic Director Robert Ford unveiled the completed plans for the company’s new permanent home, a 50,000 square-foot building in Fayetteville, Arkansas designed by London-based theater planners Charcoalblue and New York–based Marvel Architects. The new building will include two theaters, a rehearsal space, staff offices, design workshops, a community space, a 24-hour cafe/bar, three levels of outdoor public space, and a separate building housing eight guest artist apartments.

© TheatreSquared © TheatreSquared © TheatreSquared © TheatreSquared +6

Nature-Inspired Design Named Winner of Sylvan Theatre Competition

16:00 - 1 October, 2016
Nature-Inspired Design Named Winner of Sylvan Theatre Competition , Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues
Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues

The Fallen Leaf, designed by Eric Rodrigues, has been named the first-place winner of the competition for the new Sylvan open air theatre in Cherkasy City Park, Ukraine. With a plan to demolish the old building, the new theatre is inspired by nature: it integrates into the landscape of the Cherkasy municipal park and uses only natural and locally sourced stone and wood. The form of the glue laminated timber roof is that of a falling leaf, whose organic slope helps to enhance the theatre's acoustics.

Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues +9

REX Reveals Design of Perelman Performing Arts Center at WTC in New York

16:25 - 8 September, 2016

REX has released images of the future Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (The Perelman Center), located on the World Trade Center site in New York City. Located between the gleaming glass tower of One World Trade and the future Two World Trade Center, the Perelman Center takes on a solid, pure form as it is set to become a new home for theater, dance, music, film, opera, and multidisciplinary works for visitors and residents of Lower Manhattan.

Rehearsal Room. Image © Luxigon Southeast Night View. Image © Luxigon West View. Image © Luxigon Aerial View. Image © Luxigon +59

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled

09:40 - 1 September, 2016
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled, OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers

The scaffolding obscuring the facade of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center has begun to come down, exposing the aluminum exteriors of the spherical Proscenium Playhouse and the Multiform Theatre for the first time. Upon completion, the experimental building will feature a looped public pathway, flexible auditoriums and unique stage environments. Construction on the building is now moving full speed ahead, with an expected opening date in June 2017.

Continue on for more images of the in-progress building.

AD Classics: Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone & Donald Deskey

04:00 - 29 July, 2016
AD Classics: Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone & Donald Deskey, Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost
Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost

Upon opening its doors for the first time on a rainy winter’s night in 1932, the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan was proclaimed so extraordinarily beautiful as to need no performers at all. The first built component of the massive Rockefeller Center, the Music Hall has been the world’s largest indoor theater for over eighty years. With its elegant Art Deco interiors and complex stage machinery, the theater defied tradition to set a new standard for modern entertainment venues that remains to this day.

Courtesy of Flickr user Ed Schipul Courtesy of Flickr user Roger Courtesy of Flickr user Steve Huang Courtesy of Flickr user Mattia Panciroli +10

This Brooklyn Theater Renovation Shows You Don't Have to Choose Between Heritage and Sustainability

09:30 - 23 July, 2016
This Brooklyn Theater Renovation Shows You Don't Have to Choose Between Heritage and Sustainability, The exterior view of St. Ann’s Warehouse theater. Image Courtesy of Charcoalblue
The exterior view of St. Ann’s Warehouse theater. Image Courtesy of Charcoalblue

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings: Why a Theater Company Chose Resurrection (Not Demolition)."

For a ruined Civil War-era warehouse in Brooklyn, there may have been no better organization than an avant-garde theater group to think creatively about its future.

Situated in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in the popular Dumbo neighborhood, the 1860 tobacco warehouse was crumbling and forgotten when St. Ann’s, a 36-year-old theater company that began life in another Brooklyn church, sought to renovate it for its first permanent home. Attaining energy efficiency in historic buildings is not just possible—it can be the most sustainable and aesthetic choice.

St. Ann’s, led by artistic director Susan Feldman, hired a building team that included Marvel ArchitectsBuroHappold Engineering; and Charcoalblue, a theater, lighting, and acoustics consultancy. The resulting 25,000-square-foot complex, St. Ann’s Warehouse, includes two versatile and changeable performance spaces, lobby and event areas, and a triangular garden (designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates).

Ennead Architects Designs Sweeping New Music Center for Xiamen

12:00 - 7 July, 2016
Ennead Architects Designs Sweeping New Music Center for Xiamen, © San Labs for Ennead Architects
© San Labs for Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has released plans for a new 40,000 square meter (430,550 square foot) Music Center in the Chinese city of Xiamen. The design, produced for a six-week design competition held by Xiamen City Municipal Planning, draws inspiration from the island city’s dramatic topography and history to create a new public institution along the harbor. To provide the beachfront with a new public gathering place, the project’s feature element will be a grand stair likened by Ennead to Rome’s timeless Spanish Steps.

© San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects +13

Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

18:00 - 25 June, 2016

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +184

In honor of Álvaro Siza Vieira's birthday, photographer Fernando Guerra has shared photos of the Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles project in Spain.

Through 181 images, Guerra shows us Siza's masterful play of light and shadow. The photos allow us to experience a full day at the museum: the morning sun, followed by sunset and finally, the museum illuminated at night. 

Below, see the gallery and learn more.

New Images, Video for Bing Thom Architects’ Xiqu Centre Revealed

16:00 - 24 June, 2016
New Images, Video for Bing Thom Architects’ Xiqu Centre Revealed, Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects
Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Bing Thom Architects have released new images for Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, designed in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners. Currently under construction, the building is scheduled for completion in 2017, becoming the first venue to open within the new West Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre will serve as the home of the Chinese Opera, as well as play host to an array of cultural events.

AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto

05:00 - 14 March, 2016
AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto, Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak
Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak

Originally built as the headquarters for the Finnish Communist Party, the House of Culture (Kultuuritalo in Finnish) has since established itself as one of Helsinki’s most popular concert venues.[1] Comprising a rectilinear copper office block, a curved brick auditorium, and a long canopy that binds them together, the House of Culture represents the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto’s work with red brick architecture in the 1950s.

PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan

13:30 - 11 February, 2016
PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan, Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon
Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon

British firm PLP has unveiled their design for a large complex at the heart of the Pearl River Delta in China. The master plan comprises four buildings: the Platform for Contemporary Arts, the Lizhi Park Tower, the Concourse, and the Nexus - a 600-meter tall office and hotel tower that will be the masterplan's centerpiece and the region's tallest skyscraper.

Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon Exterior Rendered Night View. Image © Luxigon Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture +20

Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

A new design competition asks participants to design a facade and street presence for a new addition to the historic 1938 County Theater in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

URBAN AGENCY Unveils Proposal for Kronberg School of Music

14:00 - 15 August, 2015
URBAN AGENCY Unveils Proposal for Kronberg School of Music, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY

URBAN AGENCY, BEM Architects and bbz have unveiled their proposal for the Kronberg School of Music, in Kronberg, Germany, which includes a music chamber, music school and hotel. Developed as an invited competition entry, the project aims to enhance the area around the Kronberg train station and act as a new “gate” to the city, designed to blend into the forecourt of the station.

UNStudio’s Den Bosch Theatre Design Selected Through Public Voting

12:00 - 20 July, 2015
UNStudio’s Den Bosch Theatre Design Selected Through Public Voting, Vooraanzicht. Image © ViewPoint
Vooraanzicht. Image © ViewPoint

UNStudio’s design for a theatre in Den Bosch, the Netherlands has been selected through a competition in which the city’s residents voted on one of two finalist designs, receiving 57% of the votes. Their proposal, Theatre on the Parade, integrates the theatre’s four volumes into its surrounding environment.

Auditorium A / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graça Correia

02:00 - 22 June, 2015
Auditorium A / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graça Correia, © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters
© Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters

© Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters +27

HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance

13:17 - 18 June, 2015
HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance, Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects
Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects

HPP Architects has won a competition to extend the campus of Cologne's University of Music and Dance. Chosen over 13 entries, the winning design will enclose a site in the Kunibertsviertel, close to Cologne’s railway station, and transform it into an "attractive" urban area. The plan, deemed by the jury to be a "clear example of a successful urban remedy," also calls for the conversion of an existing building into an animated concert and dance hall. 

MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music

08:00 - 14 June, 2015
MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music, Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs
Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs

Envisioning the House of Hungarian Music as the new center of distribution within Liget Park, MenoMenoPiu Architects proposed a circular form for the concert hall, facilitating circulation to and from the museum and within the park. Although not the final winner of the Liget-Budapest Competition, “The Circle” demonstrates an interesting organizational strategy and perspective on sound. 

Music Hall. Image Courtesy of +imgs Aerial View. Image Courtesy of +imgs Entrance. Image Courtesy of +imgs Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of +imgs +14