UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY DESIGN IN ARCHITECTURE THIRD YEAR PROJECT
A public performance space that can also accommodate for exhibitions. This theatre design was inspired through an extensive precedent study of Utzon’s Kingo Houses. Kingo Houses is a housing complex of 63 individual modular housing units configured in 4 main cluster formation variations. Through Utzon’s manipulation of variables such as orientation, distances between modules and views, he was able to create contextualised experiences to suit the needs of each family and maximise the potential of that particular site.
This idea of flexibility and adaptability of built form to suit the needs of the space and the inhabitants was a driving force behind this theatre design. The overarching concept of this theatre was to create the ‘ultimate black box’ theatre as a way to provide the medium and infrastructure for artists and all other creators alike to realise their visions with minimal physical and environmental (lighting and sound) restrictions.
The building embodies this concept through drawing parallels to Utzon’s execution within the Kingo Houses but approaching the idea from the other end of the spectrum. Instead of transforming a standard module through rotation, orientation and other external mediums. The ultimate black box theatre repurposes itself for different kinds of performances and spatial requirements through changing its internal orientation, lighting and insulation.