ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE THEATER
In the cobblestoned, hip neighborhood of DUMBO along the famed Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new St. Ann’s Warehouse embraces contradictions. The avant-garde theater group is building their new home in the 1860 Tobacco Warehouse, a much beloved brick building whose ruin-like state, arched doors, varied windows have made it a neighborhood icon. The design celebrates this dichotomy and controversy with discrete yet unexpected materials of glass bricks, black steel and plywood, a flexible program where the theater can expand into the circulation spine, and an overall discrete volume inserted snug to the walls on three sides. The fourth side is occupied by support spaces and community amenities which open onto an intimate triangular park within the old warehouse’s walls still. A broad circulation hall defines theater and community spaces and offers flexibility for either use to host events and expand.