St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse built its new home in the 1860 Tobacco Warehouse along Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.  The state of the art theater has gained international recognition for its ability to adapt in multiple configurations allowing for complete flexibility.  


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The lobby opens up to the Garden on the waterfront side. This space can be used as a gathering space before a show as well as additional performance space.
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The entry vestibule is a double height space to maintain the view of the Brooklyn Bridge where people historically posed for photos.
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Program diagram
All program other than the theater was placed in a volume along the center wall separating the rectangle from the triangle. This allows for all of the perimeter walls to remain exposed.
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There are three primary materials in addition to the existing brick: plywood, concrete, and blackened steel.
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Theater diagram
A catwalk was hung from the new steel structure that defined the theater space. The continuous catwalk provides complete flexibility for the new performance space.
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Flexible presenting theater
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The front half of the seating risers is removable which allows for increased floor space and elevated viewing.
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The existing brick walls are a backdrop for the performance area.
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View from the catwalk
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Light spills into the theater space through the glass brick clerestory.
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Opening performance of Henry IV, October 2015
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A performance of Nice Fish, April 2016
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Triangle Garden
The entry vestibule is accessed through the public Triangle Garden.
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The Triangle Garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenberg, is enclosed on all sides and provides a public place for gathering as well as a refuge from the windy waterfront.
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The glass brick volume glows at night, marking performances and events at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Year
2015
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Client
St. Ann´s Warehouse
Typology
Cultural and Exhibit, Theater
Size
25,500 SF
Design Team
Jonathan Marvel, Lissa So, Scott Demel, Zachary Griffin
Consultants
Silman (Structural Engineers) Buro Happold (MEP Engineers) Charcoalblue (theater design, stage lighting, stage engineering, acoustics, av)  Higgins Quasebarth (historic restoration/preservation) Domingo Gonzalez (exterior architectural lighting) Flyleaf Creative (signage) Tom Fruin (signage) DBI (Owner's Representative) Yorke Construction (Construction Manager) David Weeks Studio (Interior Arch Lighting Custom Work)
Awards
AIA National Honor Award for Architecture, AIA New York State Design Award of Excellence, AIA NY Chapter-Design Honor Award for Architecture, Architizer A+ Awards-Special Mention Cultural: Hall/Theater, International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Municipal Art Society MASterworks Award for Best Adaptive Reuse, Urban Land Institute New York Award of Excellence in Institutional Development, Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Building Brooklyn Award TerraCRG Award For Arts and Recreation, Architect’s Newspaper-Best of Design Award for Adaptive Reuse
Photography Credits
©David Sundberg/ESTO
Rendering Credits
Michael Klausmeier
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