An abandoned space in the second oldest building on campus, 2,500sqft of T&G maple wood flooring from the UIUC recreation center, a budget of just $8,000, and a team of 18 students yielded a sacred dance space for the Graduate Dance Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With the recycled wood as the design paradigm, and a substantial part of it being unsuitable for a sprung performance floor, it was integrated in to the perimeter skin walls that protect the dancers from the exposed radiators and pitched roof, but also functions as a screen for audio and lighting purposes. The walls shapes are determined by various factors such as, pedestrian access, window access, natural illumination reflection and diffuser, as well as a functional seating area. A design-build project completely executed from beginning to end in less than six months.
Location: Univesity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, US