zeina darwich

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the lives of teenagers turning their attention to their interior space. A performing art center by day, and a social hub for teenagers by night, the Urban Theater is the embodiment of this function. The project explore the possibility of Exposure and Lockdown, with a porous façade made of moving, rotating and expanding panels altering the landscape of the surroundings through their different configurations. The architectural boundaries are blurred, engaging the urban setting in a game of visibility. The street will pour fluidly into the more private functions or alternatively, the façade will ‘lock’ the interior spaces: performers become the audience, and the passersby become part of the game.
While the porosity of the ground floor shifts into alternating voids on each floor and the noise of the street becomes tempered, all visible spaces turn into stages, leaving space to communal interaction and dialogue.

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