TheatreSquared

TheatreSquared’s new 50,000 SF home unites two states-of-the art theatres, eight artist apartments, a rehearsal space, offices, education and community spaces, on-site workshops, outdoor terraces at three levels, and an always-open café/bar at the active corner of West & Spring Street.


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The Theatre Commons is welcoming and fascinating, alive with activity. It is a place that invites, hints at the unusual, and suggests something significant will happen.
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The three performing art spaces articulated in board-form concrete and charred wood provide an authentic materiality on the downtown Fayetteville site along the Arts corridor. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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In the Main Stage, the beating heart of the building, are brilliant performances, intimate and unmediated, celebrating the joys and struggles of what it means to be human.
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Materials
Natural finishes like board foam concrete, blackened steel and recycled wood articulate the exterior and interior.
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The design embraces TheatreSquared’s unique ethos of audience inclusivity, intimacy, and interaction with its new building organized around its multi-story public space. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The second floor cafe/bar terrace becomes an extension of the Street reinforcing the connection with the Fayetteville Arts Corridor. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The Theatre Commons extends to the third level, connecting to the Rehearsal Room and the Offices. A skylight provides natural light through the triple-height space. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The theatre’s capacity is expandable from a typical setup for 280 to 400 for a special occasion. The stage can shift from partial thrust to full Shakespearean courtyard, from traditional proscenium to an in-the-round stage. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The design of the studio theater elevates the space above a generic black box encouraging experimentation. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The main public space is framed in structural steel. The elevated corridors, steel guardrails, and exposed infrastructure recall the back-of-house systems that make the theater experience possible. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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An amphitheater provides a space for casual seating and impromptu performances. Audiovisual and stage lighting systems are integrated into the public spaces increasing both performance flexibility as well as the clients ability to draw the public in. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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The trees removed from the site were used to make custom tables and benches. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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Adjacent to the theatre building are eight new artist residences that allow artists from around the country to join TheatreSquared in creating its 230 annual performances. ©Timothy Hurlsey
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TheatreSquared is a world-class theatre for Northwest Arkansas. ©Timothy Hurlsey
Year
2019
Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Client
TheatreSquared (Owner)
Typology
Cultural and Exhibit, Theater
Size
45,480 GSF (Theatre Building) 3,464 GSF (Residential Building) 48,944 GSF (Total) SF
Design Team
Jonathan Marvel, Lissa So, Zachary Griffin, Ariel Poliner, Bell Ying Cai, Siyuan Ye, Enrique Ramon, Mabel Plasencia
Consultants
Silman (Structural Engineers) Buro Happold (MEP Engineers) Charcoalblue (theater design, stage lighting, stage engineering, acoustics, av) McClelland Engineers (Site/Civil) Jim Conti (Architectural Lighting) Code Consultants Professional Engineers (Code Consultants) Dharam Consulting (Cost Estimation) Baldwin & Shell (Construction Manager)
Rendering Credits
Kilograph, LiFang
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