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Old 08-24-2010, 10:45 PM
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Default Help designing a Performing Arts center!

So, recently a lofty idea dawned on me.

Why not design a performing arts center/concert hall for my county? We have plenty of artistic talent in the area, but not very many places to display it. There are multiple acting companies/troupes in the area and closely across the river, more bands than I can count, my parents are members of the local orchestra...

However, right now I'm talking architecture. I have experience with design at least, and a vague idea of acoustics, and common sense, which makes for at least some ideas for the design of this epic building.

So I'm calling for help. Anyone have ideas? What would you want to see in a concert hall/performing arts center?
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:40 AM
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What part of Maryland??
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:44 PM
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The southern "peninsula", near PAX Naval Air Station.

The place really needs some help.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:02 AM
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I would suggest looking into Max Rheinhardt. I have always found his ideas about theater to be captivating. He had this idea of the theater of five thousand that would be in the round like an ancient Greek theater. Near me there is a theater that is in the round and the stage revolves. Some musos get sea sick; but I really love the idea.

If you consider sporting events. Hockey, B Ball, Football, boxing tennis etc. all happen in the round. The spectators surround the playing field for optimum visibility. But when large name acts like U2, Springsteen, Paul McCartney or Dave Matthews play arenas or football stadiums, they perform towards one side of the arena. This limits the visibility and also sound quality of those who are far from the stage. The rock group Yes performed in the round back in the 1970s and it was a great way to see a show. It really limited the number of bad seats. I had a ticket for mid way back in the arena about 20 rows up. It would have been a mediocre seat but now it was primo, as were the seats that are furthest back from where the stage would be in a regular concert setting
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:35 AM
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All I can think of is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avery_Fisher_Hall

Back when it was the Philharmonic Hall, it turned out to be an acoustic disaster. If you really want to make a concert hall, I would do lots of research into acoustics. Seems like this would be the most important part, anyways.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:59 AM
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What about a pavilion? An outdoor stage type area where patrons sit in the grass/lawn chairs. Millennium park is a large example http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SPwZe10-u1...leniumPark.jpg Usually it is built on more of a hill. Yea its not inside but if you can't afford a huge center...
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