Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center / Elkus Manfredi Architects

Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center / Elkus Manfredi Architects

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  • Interior Signage (Excluding Code):Elkus Manfredi Architects – concept, design and graphics
  • Exterior Signage/Interior Donor Wall:Anna Farrington
  • Project Manager:Stantec
  • Structural Engineer:(FKA) Amman & Whitney/Louis Berger
  • Theatre Design, Av:Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
  • Civil Engineer:Nitsch Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer:Haley & Aldrich, Inc
  • Architectural Lighting:Auerbach Glasow
  • Landscape Architect:Mikyoung Kim Design
  • Mep/Fp:Vanderweil Engineers
  • Acoustics:Acentech
  • Code:Jensen & Hughes
  • Construction:Bond Brothers
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Text description provided by the architects. The story of Boston University’s recently completed Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center is threefold: The new facilities enable BU College of Fine Arts School of Theatre to become a more unified and comprehensive program, with state-of-the-art facilities as teaching tools for all aspects of theatre production and performance.

© Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

It is the first time in decades that College of Fine Arts performance and production students have been housed in the same location.

© Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

The building is a tour de force of design, continuing to elevate Boston University’s presence on Commonwealth Avenue. With a full season of productions, Booth Theatre will quickly take its place among the many dynamic performance venues of the Boston area, providing students and Boston’s theatre-going public with additional cultural opportunities.

© Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

A well-known quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To hold as ‘twere the mirror up to nature” has been a longtime touchstone for the BU theatre program and became a central point of inspiration for the design idea of theatre as a mirror to society.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Section North-South
Section North-South

Wrapped in a proscenium-like concrete scrim, the theatre’s shimmering 40-foot glass façade on Commonwealth Avenue tilts toward the street at a 14-degree angle, reaching out and inviting visitors in, while reflecting them back as well.  

© Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

The inspirational quote is now engraved on black metal panels along the edge of the mezzanine above the entry lobby, greeting all students, faculty, and visitors and reminding them of the world of imagination they are entering.  

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Address:Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Cite: "Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center / Elkus Manfredi Architects" 24 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/924938/joan-and-edgar-booth-theatre-and-the-college-of-fine-arts-production-center-elkus-manfredi-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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