Venice Architecture Biennale 2004: Studio Gang Architects
Founded by Jeanne Gang, Studio/ Gang/Architects recently completed the Starlight Theatre in Rockford, Illinois, and a “stone curtain” for the Masonry Variations exhibit at the National Building Museum. The firm was included in Architectural Record's Design Vanguard 2001. Gang teaches at Harvard and IIT. Fellow principal Mark Schendel recently won an AIA Divine Detail Award for the IIT Welcome Center inside OMA’s Campus Center. He is a visiting associate professor at IIT.
The firm’s project explores the potential of a stadium to both accommodate throngs of people and disappear when not in use. The proposed structure would employ a kinetic seating bowl surrounded by a series of transforming elements, many constructed into buildings in the surrounding cityscape. The team’s exhibition model folds and unfolds accordingly.