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PERFORMA CITY in Broadway, New York by HAO / Holm Architecture Office
December 3rd, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: HAO / Holm Architecture Office
HAO together with Matthias Altwicker Architect has been invited by RoseLee Goldberg and the Performa Team as one of twelve teams to design a proposal for the Performa 15 Art Hub.
The Performa 15 design proposes a merger of design and performance – a Performa City with architecture as performers, an ensemble composed of two theatrical and architectural archetypes: the Players and the Field.
The Players are simultaneously specific and flexible, providing opportunities both as stand-alone objects and as part of a larger interplay with the Field, creating virtually endless opportunities for exploration, playfulness,intimacy, discovery and surprise.
The Field defines the stage for the Players, adding a combination of fixed elements as a backdrop for the changing Player configurations. In the front, the lounge pillow provides opportunities for casual meetings; in the back the forum creates a backdrop for larger performances.
The five Players each hold specific interior program and lighting, can be opened to create dynamic relationships between interior and exterior, can be moved to set up flexible spaces, serve as projection backdrops, or simply nest along the edge of the Field to allow for a clean space.
Across the Field, an 8’ high datum line is set to focus attention and create a sense of intimacy within the larger existing space. Lighting and graphics are integrated directly into the envelope. On the left, a series of angled panels combines lighting with a continuous graphic identity for the full length of the space, creating a visual vista for passers-by on the street. At the entry, a graphic calendar is displayed using the spatial configurations of the Players, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between design and performance.
“With Performa City we wanted to propose a space that mimics the diversity and complexity of the city it sits within. The Players and the Field allows for simultaneous activity of varying intensities within the same space at the same time”.
About HAO / Holm Architecture Office
HAO is a New York-based architecture and design office founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm. The HAO office is comprised of a group of architects, designers and thinkers operating within the fields of art, architecture and urbanism.
HAO works on projects around the world with a focus on architecture and design that emerges out of careful analysis of architectural and sociological issues.
About Matthias Altwicker Architect
Matthias Altwicker Architect AIA LEED AP works on a wide range of projects in the metropolitan area, from exhibition design to affordable housing. In addition to 20 years of experience with building and master planning, his work has won awards and been exhibited and published internationally.
Matthias is a registered architect and Associate Professor and Chair at the School of Architecture and Design of the New York Institute of Technology.
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