This project, an international competition submission from 2008, weaves three performing arts theaters together by way of an elevated concourse, creating a unified whole. The concourse is a bridging element which acts as circulation for the theaters but also as a commercial and cultural zone which includes lively urban activities. It is articulated as a hanging, cantilevered mass which is porous to the urban space below.
The morphology of the project is based on patterns of armatures and pleats which form an intricate ornamental network. Armatures are woven together to create the circulation and structure of the concourse, forming deep spaces and views from the plaza into the building as well as from the building down into the Plaza and out into the city. Micro-pleats track along the armatures but also spread out along surfaces, changing in depth and number, and occasionally fading out into flatness.
Sensations produced by this fluid tracery are heightened by a gradient of color which is most intense on the interior but fades out to the exterior of the building.