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A Place

and a

Stage

Community Theatre | Boomer Lake//Stillwater//Oklahoma | Third Year Studio//Fall//Project one

Design Team| Mark Davis_Chris Huber


Brief Project Description // Outdoor community theatre

Program // _Stage for varying performance

that provides a location for

types

public concerts, plays and

_Backstage

other performances.

performers

_Open

A

area to support

area for public seating

community theatre is a place for people to join together as equal to celebrate the drama

and grace of human expression.

It’s

a location for people to be taken away from their daily

stresses and brought into a world of fantasy.

The

for all to come and witness this creation.

community itself provides the players of music,

drama and all the sorts.

All

The

architecture’s purpose is to act as the beacon

that is required of the architecture is to provide the place and stage.


Site Selection //This project was conceived to provide the community of Stillwater a venue for musical and theatrical performances.

The

location for this development is at

Boomer Lake,

a small recreation

Stillwater, Oklahoma. Surrounding the lake is a park with extensive walking trails and a disk golf course. surrounding the lake and park are several neighborhood communities that are linked to the park’s walking paths. I chose a site located at the northeast edge of the lake. This location was chosen for two reasons: lake in the northern portion of

1//

the existing terrain had a gentle slope that

could be utilized for outdoor seating.

This

existing site condition reduced the need for major excavation to create a space optimal for outdoor performances.

2// This site is located close to an established parking area.

Utilizing

existing parking further

reduces the impact of necessary infrastructure for the theatre on the park or the surrounding residential area.

Concept // The driving force behind the form is centered on bringing together the community.

The

idea is

that even the construction process becomes an opportunity for the community to interact.

The

community can come together and contribute to the construction no matter their skill level.

The

space

becomes more special to the community because it is built by the people who will enjoy the end result.

BOOMER LAKE COMMUNITY THEATRE


Study // The intention behind this project was to construct with materials that are widely accessible.

A

rigid frame could

be built to create the skeleton of the performance space.

From

there, a skin

system of readily available dimensional lumber is attached to the skeleton.

Thru further studies with this idea in mind, I came to the conclusion that a haphazardly placed collection of lumber reiterates the concept of community.

Many

different pieces coming together

to become one entity.

From

there, the

basis of the next several iterations was to establish dimension and length of the parts that would make up the skin.

As

well as skin systems, how this object interacted with the ground was further studied.

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Result // Since the driving force behind the concept was for the theatre to act as

a beacon and no drastic changes to the site itself were part of the equation, the form was made to be as singular as possible.

The

final product is an undulating

worm that appears to be bursting forth from the ground.

All

skeletal members

are

4x4

The

point is to use the architecture to draw interest to the performance that

steel square tubing and the skin system is composed of timber

is happening there.

With

Community Theatre

the intricate skin and slinking form, the

2x4’s.

Boomer Lake

does all it can to make itself be seen.

BOOMER LAKE COMMUNITY THEATRE


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