Yesterday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans for the for Theatre for a New Audience’s new home in Downtown Brooklyn. The design, a collaboration between Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy, is essentially the acoustically perfect shoebox (loved by producers and loathed by architects) with a glass front and scattered gehry-esque sinews. The theatre is known for its Shakespeare productions and Milton Glaser was commissioned to create large scale images of the Bard, visible just behind the facade. I’m no fan of Frank Gehry, but this looks like a nice, simple design…except for that damn purple ribbon on the side stuck on the side. That’s hideous. It looks like Gehry was whining about the design and Hardy said “fine! you can have your little curvy form. but just one!” The building will be Gehry’s first built commision in New York.
Mr. Hardy emphasized yesterday that the theater had been a full-fledged collaboration with Mr. Gehry. “It’s not important who did what,” he said. (but we all know that’s loser talk.) In a phone interview, Gehry said, “It’s mostly Hugh’s building. They didn’t really need me.” I can’t believe the ego on that jerk…
The rest of the site will be occupied by the Brooklyn Visual and Performing Arts Library, designed by Enrique Norten.
Beginning Today, an exhibition on the new theatre with models and renderings will be on display at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan.
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