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Duquesne University - Genesius Theater
Pittsburgh, PA

12,000 square feet - Black Box theater

  • Steeply sloping, triangular site beside School of Music
  • Opportunity to share an entry plaza with School of Music
  • The location for the Genesius Theater makes the performing arts more visible on campus

    Configuration and Plans:
  • Express the Black Box space as an architectural element on the facade and in the building massing
  • Celebrate the audience by having the glass lobby face the main campus quadrangle
  • Be a good neighbor to the School of Music building and to the campus architecture aesthetic

  • Express the Black Box with a brick pattern rhythm based on the Fibonacci series
  • Wash the Black Box brick with night lighting and celebrate the glass lobby to interest students in what might be happening inside
  • Colors and textures to family well with campus neighbors

  • The magic of performance happens in the Black Box because all the technology is overhead in the grid
  • Many different arrangements for the 150 seats
  • Main level dedicated to performances, audience experience and rehearsals
  • Basement level houses green room, dressing rooms, shop, administration and storage

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