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Design Incubator – Theatre of Production in Boston by Alan Lu

April 10th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

This project explores the notion of programmatic extremism in a design incubator facility where a central defined figure that contains a vertically integrated manufacturing/workloft arrangement occupies the void and recoups the emptiness left by an existing ice storage facility.

Design Incubator - Theatre of Production - Rendering - Exterior

  • Designer: Alan Lu
  • Project Name : Design Incubator – Theatre of Production
  • Location : Boston, Massachusetts, US
  • Use : Design based Business Incubator / Fabrication Facilities
  • Site Area : 3790㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 920㎡
  • Gross Floor Area : 4600㎡
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio : 80%
  • Gross Floor Ratio : 50%
  • Bldg. Scale : Stories above Ground: 8
  • Stories below Ground: 1
  • Structure : Concrete / Steel Structure
  • Max. Height : 53m
  • Landscape Area : 2800㎡
  • Parking Lot : Underground Parking for Cars
  • Exterior Finish : Vulcanized Rubber Cladding
  • Complete year : Proposal Completed in 2011
  • Software used: Autodesk Maya, Digital Project/Catia, Rhino, Vray Render and Maxwell Render

Fabrication Laboratory

Such a figure inverts the typical relationship of a theater by converting the space usually dedicated to an event space into a piranesian conflation of design/production/manufacturing where in effect, these work processes become the spectacle themselves and the theater is one of production.

Fabrication View

Other programmatic functions are thus arranged around this figure which begins to push through to the existing concrete envelope when necessary. As the existing envelope is punctured to meet programmatic needs, a second envelope made of thick vulcanized and reclaimed rubber acts as a performative skin that strives to absorb heat from solar radiation.

Facility Lobby

Alan Lu is a designer and prospective architect based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alan is currently in the Masters of Architecture program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Presidential Fellow where his studies and research are deeply engrained within the realm of form, fabrication, and the endless pursuit of luxury through space. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Alan completed his undergraduate degree in architecture with honors at University of California, Berkeley. He has worked at a wide range of firms across the world including IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco, Gage Clemenceau Architects in New York, Office dA in Boston, and Zaha Hadid Architects in Seoul.


Looking up from Atrium

Sky Lobby

View from Fabrication Center







Contact Alan Lu

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Categories: Digital Project, Maxwell, Maya, Offices, Rhino, V-Ray

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