Professor: Michael Rogers
Fort Niagara Visitors Center and Theater
A bundle was created through the compilation of found objects. The bundle was then cut, and the cut was explored for its spatial qualities. The drawing of the bundle evoked the ideas of movement and the tracing of movement. Giving the materials a sense of motion was the source idea for model explorations addressing the line, plane, and mass.
The program of a theater was introduced and sited on the historical context of Fort Niagara.
The original ideas of the bundle and previous design exercises were translated into a system where the structure elineates space, responds to the programmatic elements of the theater, and references the historical context of the site.
A pair of rails form a continous track, interweaving throughout the space, that define the theater’s global and interior forms. This system creates floors that transform to walls, and flip to become the ceiling and then go on to define other spaces. This dynamic structure creates a
visual experience in which the user can visually trace the tracks of the building as one moves throughout the space. The pair of rails cut an incision in the earth bringing the user down and then over the walls
defining an elevated entrance to the theater. This procession references the historical siege of Fort Niagara