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Bard Live Arts Center​

Annandale-on-the-Hudson, New York

2014

An interdisciplinary teaching, practice, and performance center associated with, and adjacent to, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts designed by Frank Gehry- whom Mark Foster Gage, by coincidence, previously taught a design studio with at the Yale School of Architecture. The building unites, in an interconnected village layout under one roof, uniting the formerly disparate spaces that housed the colleges disciplines of theater, musical composition, musical performance, dance, and performance art.  The studios for these various disciplines all focus on a large common lounge area to encourage interdisciplinary communication and collaboration between the various arts. The limited budget of the building prohibited the use of custom materials, so the exterior was designed to be clad in a wood rain screen produced from 2” x 2” square profile dowels of various wood species mounted to a balloon frame support structure. These wood aggregations would then be stained with different hues of natural wood tones to produce a gradient color effect from top to bottom visible at a distance.  The main lobby inverts this system to produce a cascading interior volume of immersive gradient wood effects.