Studio Gang completes performing arts centre development in US

16 February 2016 (Last Updated February 16th, 2016 18:30)

Studio Gang has announced completion of the Writers Theatre, a performing arts centre north of Chicago, US.

Studio Gang has announced completion of the Writers Theatre, a performing arts centre north of Chicago, US.

Spread over an area of around 36,000ft², the theatre offers space for holding performances, rehearsals, and audience outreach programmes, designboom reported.

The L-shaped building houses two performance halls, rehearsal rooms, offices, a lobby, and a donors lounge, along with a rooftop pavilion and green roof, as reported by dezeen.

The central structure of the two-storey building connects the 250-seat main stage with a 99-seat black box venue, rehearsal rooms and other public amenities.

"The resulting design … is intended to energise daily life in downtown Glencoe, creating an open, welcoming space."

Studio Gang was quoted by dezeen as saying: "In warm weather, this central hub opens to the adjacent public park and downtown, allowing the energy and interaction generated within the theatre to extend outward.

"At night, it glows from within like a lantern, drawing interest and activity to this important cultural anchor and to downtown Glencoe."

The gallery in the second floor with an elevated walkway is built with timber vierendeel trusses and a lighter wood lattice that is hung from the primary structure. It provides views of an adjacent lake and Chicago's skyline.

"The resulting design, with its transparency and flexibility, is intended to energise daily life in downtown Glencoe, creating an open, welcoming space where the potential of theatre to unite people across boundaries through shared experience is rendered visible," Studio Gang added.