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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Initial sketch of TheatreSquared
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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 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.
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In the West Theatre, the ‘core’ 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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The design of the Spring Theatre elevates the space above a generic black box encouraging experimentation.
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Main Stage - Section
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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 trees removed from the site were used to make custom tables and benches.
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The 2nd floor café/bar terrace becomes an extension of the Street reinforcing the connection with Fayetteville’s Cultural corridor.
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Adjacent to the building are eight new artist residences that allow artists from around the country to join TheatreSquared in creating its 230 annual performances.
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TheatreSquared is a world-class theatre for Northwest Arkansas.
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Siteplan
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)
Awards
Regional Impact Award for Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
Photography Credits
©Greg Maka, ©Timothy Hurlsey
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