This project was for the Flea Theater, an off-off Broadway theater company.
The program consists of three theaters (99-seat concert theater, 80-seat pit theater, and 60-seat letterbox theater), a rehearsal room, dressing rooms, offices, support spaces, and a café.
The first view of the building is of a large floating plane of glass that glows at night and acts as a “curtain” during the day. The lobby is reminiscent of a stage, with a brick wall and back stairway inviting the audience to participate in a behind-the-scenes experience.
The plaza incorporates elements commonly found in New York City, specifically in Tribeca, the neighborhood in which the theater is located. The awning evokes a loading dock, and the signage recalls billboards and the open structures of water towers.
The plaza incorporates built-in seating for the café, as well as an amphitheater of sorts for impromptu performances.