Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Three Theatre Designs Take Honors

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Comment | More

Sometimes theatres are designed to not only put on a show, but be a part of the show themselves—in terms of architecture and design, of course.

Theatre arts venues in Chicago, Liverpool, U.K., and Quebec will receive Honor Awards in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s 2016 architecture award program, the institute announced Monday (Jan. 4). This is the first time since 2001 that a jury has selected three venues to receive Honor Award recognition, the institute stated.

Designers and consultants for the winning venues will be presented with their awards at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo to be held March 16-19 in Salt Lake City.

The 2016 Winners

The Theatre School at DePaul University, in Chicago, completed in 2013 at a cost of $63.2 million, was designed by internationally renowned architect César Pelli, and his firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, based in New Haven, CT. Theatre consultant Schuler Shook and acoustical consultant Kirkegaard Associates, both of Chicago, also played a role in the design.

DePaul University
Photo courtesy of USITT

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago will receive an Architecture Honor Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

The scope of the 175,000-square-foot project included two theaters, acting/movement/voice and design studios, shops, theatre support spaces, public areas and offices.

The design makes public some of the private magic of theatre. “Scene shops, normally hidden, are placed on the first floor behind glass and pedestrians may watch the building and painting of sets,” according to the USITT’s description.

Further, the USITT writes: “The fourth-story 100-seat black box theatre cantilevers above the sidewalk. Creative lighting design illuminates the interior frame of the large, square window and like a scrim, reveals the space to the outside world.”

Built in 2013, The Everyman Theatre, in Liverpool, UK, was designed by Haworth Tompkins, of London. The theatre consultant on the project was Charcoalblue, London; the acoustical consultant was Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design, also of London.

Everyman Theatre
Philip Vile / Courtesy of USITT

The Everyman Theatre, in Liverpoll, UK, features an artistic facade.

The 400-seat theatre, small black box performance space, rehearsal room, exhibition spaces and other features were completed at a cost of nearly $20 million.

In its description, USITT writes that sustainable construction practices were followed, including the re-use of old bricks salvaged from the existing 19th Century structure.

The façade itself was a work of public art, USITT commented, adding, “The building aims to be as inclusive and accessible as possible for all users, both front and back of house.”

The Salle de Spectacles de Mont-Laurier, in Quebec was completed in 2015 for approximately $6.6 million, according to USITT. The multipurpose hall design was directed by Montreal-based Les Architects FABG. Fisher Dachs Associates, New York, NY, and Acoustic Dimensions, New Rochelle, NY, served as theatre and acoustical consultants, respectively.

Salle de Spectacles de Mont-Laurier
Photo courtesy of USITT

The Salle de Spectacles de Mont-Laurier in Quebec was completed in 2015.

In addition to the traditional performing arts events, the 3,200-meter (10,499-foot) facility can also accommodate cabarets, banquets, corporate events and trade shows.

“A structural grid of cross-laminated wood beams supports the roof and creates a canopy over the main entrance,” USITT said. “It clearly communicates the importance of wood for the region and supports the local development of new technologies that add value to this natural resource with a better environmental footprint than steel and concrete.”

USITT also announced its Merit Award winners which include the State University of New York Performing Arts Center in Potsdam, NY, and the Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway.

Created in 1994, the annual USITT Architecture Awards recognize the best contemporary performance spaces built or renovated in recent years.

The awards are evaluated by a panel of distinguished jurors for creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies and functional operations.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architects; Architecture; Awards and honors; Color; Color + Design; Commercial Buildings; Design; Europe; North America; Public Buildings; Schools

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Axxiom Manufacturing

Seal for Life/STOPAQ

Abrasives Inc.

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

Sauereisen, Inc.


HoldTight Solutions Inc.


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL

The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us