The bowl functions as a theatre. Bleachers wave in and out; when the bowl isn’t used as a theatre, it’s a plaza — you sit face-to-face, in everyday conversation.
The dome functions as a café/restaurant. The entrance canopy twists down to make lounge seats around the dome. Curved triangular tables and stools are movable; they’re joined together, for different-sized groups of people. The rubber edge of the terrace above twists down to make multiple bar counters, at different heights. Water pours down the shell of the dome; up on the terrace, you sit under a waterfall.
The warping of dome into bowl, and vice versa, forms a playground, a space frame that functions as monkey bars, a tubular slide cuts through the grid. Functions are mixed on this island: the playground doubles as the backdrop of the stage and as a wall and ceiling.
Light streams up from beneath the bleachers, in the bowl, and down from the roof structure, in the dome.
Area: 1,052 sq. m.
Steel, glass, rubber, asphalt, water, light
(Vito Acconci, Dario Nunez, Stephen Roe, Peter Dorsey, Thomas Siegl, Gia Wolff)
Zenckner & Handl, Kurt Kratzer
First image of the image gallery:
Image by Harry Schiffer