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September 26, 2012
by Alice Stryker

Tour guides Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, Don Guyton, and James Houghton, explain the many challenges of designing a theater complex within a residential tower.

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Group observing the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre and the set for Athol Fugard’s “The Train Driver.”

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Tour leaders explain the decision to fade the wood from its natural color to draw the audience into the performance in the Irene Diamond Stage.

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Attendees taking in the design of the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

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Lively lobby atmosphere just before all Signature Theatre shows begin at 7:30pm.

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Backstage in one of several rehearsal spaces.

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On 9.18.12, Center for Architecture Foundation New Buildings New York tour participants were treated to an insider’s look at the Signature Theatre, the newest addition to New York City’s Theater District. Tour guides James Houghton, founding artistic director of the Signature Theatre, Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, a partner at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, and Don Guyton, senior associate at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, discussed the design, construction, and use of the multi-theater complex. The tour highlighted the ways the programming and mission of the company informed the design of the facility and theater system, and how each of the public places within the building are sites for the spontaneous interaction of artists, audiences, community members, and staff.

The Foundation’s next series of tours for the general public will focus on the Center for Architecture’s October exhibitions: “The Edgeless School” and “The Best School in the World” on 10.4.12 from 6:00 – 7:30pm. On 11.16.12 and 01.07.13, CFAF will reprise a tour of the tour, and include a look at “Building Connections 2012,” CFAF’s annual exhibition of K-12 student design work. For more information and to register, please visit www.cfafoundation.org.

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