A flexible theater where program can be mixed and matched by a diverse demographic
Allison Fricke, Helena Pestana, Ericka Song
A successful building is not only visually compelling, but also well-built and functionally advanced. The key to functional balance and synergy is interweaving the complex and, at times, conflicting building systems.
In this project, we designed and integrated the building systems for a large, versatile theater space in Brooklyn. Our focus was on energy, materials (including biodiversity), and community (social diversity), all of which worked to support and reinforce one another.
Through methods of zones heating and cooling, raised garden level and berming for flood water retention, upcycling materials, and performative structure, we created a theater with tremendous flexibility where program can be mixed and matched which ultimately means greater diversity of demographics using the site.
For us, sustainability means a building (or series of buildings) that can be used year-round by diverse populations using it in diverse ways.