caples jefferson architects: queens theatre in the park caples jefferson architects: queens theatre in the park
sep 27, 2011

caples jefferson architects: queens theatre in the park

‘queens theatre in the park’ by caples jefferson architects, queens, new york images courtesy of caples jefferson architects

new york-based practice caples jefferson architects have completed ‘queens theatre in the park’, an addition to the landmark 1964 world’s fair complex located in queens, new york. designed by philip johnson, the playful circular geometries of the established masterplan became the starting point for a new viewing pavilion contained within a curving glass facade. the transparent perimeter of the ‘nebula room’ allows visitors to appreciate the adjacent unisphere and observatory towers, which have become weathered over time. capable of accommodating 600 individuals at one moment, the reception room’s festive atmosphere is created by the rich color palette derived from the area’s culturally diverse surroundings.  

new viewing boxes overlook old pavilion

axially aligned to the existing new york state pavilion, the round volume was created by setting large glazed units at an angle to form a structural wall. digital design and fabrication was used to produce the 5,000 uniquely shaped panels. vertical joints are concealed with metal fins while the horizontal mullions spiral downward to produce an illusion of arched panels and draw attention to the vanishing perspective. gas-filled units along with a low-emulsion surface coating protect from solar heat gain to increase energy efficiency.

exterior at dusk


interior of new nebula pavilion

light on new nebula dome

interior at sunset

warm color palette

dreams of futures past

illuminated from the interior at night

aerial view of pavilion in new york state complex

conceptual sketch

  • toooo much architecture today!
    show something about shows/exhibition…
    architecture is not design(boom)

    max says:
  • Nice interior! Clear details and most all it has lots of columns.

    123Dview says:
  • cute, but what’s it for? nice interior, but like all
    architecture today, too much self absorption, not
    enough content

    alex says:
  • It’s a lovely exterior/lobby…but the theater is the filthiest, most poorly managed performance space I’ve ever worked in.

    SSMonkey says:
  • what is this for?

    Norov says:

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