Opera House, New Haven, CT. This project was designed at the Yale School of Architecture.
This conceptual design project was driven by considerations of acoustics, urban space and universal accessibility. Amphitheater seating slopes down to a stage that is submerged below grade to create the greatest acoustical isolation. The slope of the seating is evenly shallow to allow all seating to be handicap-accessible. The outdoor amphitheater, designed on the same principle functions as a large entrance plaza, with shallow water pools filtering light through portholes into the public areas of the Opera House below.
The first image in this series received the American Institute of Architects Drawing Prize, 2002.