Heidelberg, Germany
145,000 ft2

The emblematic history of Heidelberg is both reflected and inversed in the renovation and addition to this existing 5,500 square meter (59,000 square feet) performing arts space. A dual layer façade consisting of glass behind a metal panel system wraps the mass of the 8,000 square meter (86,000 square feet) addition which expands into the available space of its surroundings. The volume of the 550-seat main stage theater floats above the entry and lobby. Voids in the metal panels reveal fluorescent neon tubes, which comprise a dynamic display of the theater’s program, activating the 3-dimensional surface pattern.