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Ellen Chou

Ellen Chou

Alameda, CA, US

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Performing Arts Center

When I first started analyzing the site, I was interested in the narrow streets formed by towering buildings on both sides in the Lower Manhattan. The way these tight streets channel into the open vast site of ground zero forms an energy flow that is relieved when it reaches the Memorial. This language is carried into the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

 

A path is created within the PAC connecting the park located in the Northwest corner and the Memorial. The path is filled with energy of the dancers because rehearsal spaces are located on ground floor. This connection will redirect movement of people and bring them closer to dance. Because of this path, the PAC is not only a theater, but also a hub for healing. When first entering the PAC, the visitors would first overlook the Memorial. By walking through the passageway, the visitors are surrounded by a cloud of dancers. It is a process of cleansing of emotions before entering the building.
 

 
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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US

 
Program massing analysis
Program massing analysis
Program sketch exploration
Program sketch exploration
Section through the World trade Center site
Section through the World trade Center site
Concept drawing
Concept drawing
Concept board and program massing
Concept board and program massing
Site plan
Site plan
Section through theater space
Section through theater space
Lobby
Lobby
Theater space
Theater space
Rehearsal space
Rehearsal space
Physical model
Physical model

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