Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Tour Time: 12:00
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
262 Ashland Place,
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is a critically-acclaimed theater company that had been without its own home for over thirty years. The architecture of TFANA’s new home at Polonsky Shakespeare Center extemporizes that something special has come to the emerging Brooklyn Cultural District. It is the first new ground-up building for the arts to break ground in the District and helps contribute to the critical mass needed to sustain a healthy arts community in Downtown Brooklyn. Julie Taymor was the director of TFANA’s first production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in its new home in October 2013.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture’s design reflects the new building’s function as a laboratory for modern theatrical interpretation of classical plays. The simple form of the building belies its structural complexity and intricate acoustical isolation from the city’s exterior and subterranean noise. The volume of the building projects outward from its site, with the second floor lobby dramatically cantilevering over the main entrance below, creating a nearly seamless connection between the lobby and the Arts Plaza.
The tour will be led by Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, Partner at H3 and David Haakenson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate at H3. A partner at H3 with over twenty years of experience designing performing arts projects, Geoff Lynch leverages an innate ability to find and address the crux of a design issue. His efforts result in facilities that materialize a client’s vision in built form. David Haakenson is an associate and project architect at H3. Since joining the firm in 2005, he has taken several prominent public and cultural projects from concept design through construction.
Tour Guides: Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
David Haakenson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture