New York City
Located in New York City’s rejuvenated High Line district, The Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble is a technologically advanced black box theater for an ambitious dance troupe. To the greatest degree possible, the design scheme utilized two 1920s brick garages—one for rehearsal space and one for performance—as they were found.
The western half, containing the offices, rehearsal hall, lounge, and lockers for the dancers, had been restored in 1999, and was formerly a photo Studio. The architects reworked existing walls to create new locker rooms and a lounge, and added new lighting, sprinklers, and mechanical rooms, while retaining the rehearsal hall’s beautifully exposed original roof trusses and large skylight.
The eastern half of the building was a large open shed with the same fine bones as the western portion: a simple gable roof with delicately exposed trusses. But the eastern section of the building had not been restored. The program for the theater called for flexible seating and required a number of new rooms: patron toilets, dressing rooms, lighting and audio closets, and wardrobe. The architects erected a new wall made of recycled brick at the northern end of the east shed’s open space and constructed the dressing rooms, wardrobe, and mezzanine for utility spaces behind it. The patron toilets were inserted in a pair of small, cold-rolled steel-clad pods at the front of the building.
The material palette was limited to the application of new finishes where needed in neutral colors and simplicity sympathetic to the original exposed structure and materials. Lighting was used throughout as a unifying element. New metal detail shows off the surviving grit of the old, while making it part of a contemporary scene.
The Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Acoustical: Peter George Associates, Inc.,
Building Code & Zoning:
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Changing Room, Bathrooms & Showers, Bathroom: DalTile Crystaltex 4¼x4¼.
Resilient flooring: Expandro XR3
Carpet: Masland, Tansu
Rehearsal Uplights: Rambusch Theater
Burial Uplights: Exterierur Vert
Chandelier: Andromedra Nastro 60.0”
Backstage Pendents: Delray
Lobby, Backstage Steplight: Engineered Lighting Products Lobby
Rehearsal Studio: Forecast
Entry Vestibule, Offices: Bruck Pako
Flourescent Pendants: Axis
Recessed Ceiling Flourescents: Focal Point
Dressing Rooms, Guest Bathrooms: Intense
Dessing Room Mirrors: Celestial Lighting
Bathroom Sconce: Atemide Logico Micro Wall
Lounge Pendants: Sistemalux
Wardrobe, Utility Rooms: Lithonia
Exterior Burial Uplights: Bega
Office Pendants: IN