Signature Theatre Company unveils Frank Gehry designs for new Signature Centre on 42nd Street
Signature Theatre Company recently unveiled the models for the Signature Center, a permanent new home for the company. Currently under construction as part of Related Companies’ mixed-use development on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue, Signature Center is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry and is set to open in 2012.
“Frank Gehry’s stunning designs for the new Signature Center are the perfect embodiment of the theatre’s mission and will enable the company to grow and expand our existing programs in exciting new directions,” commented Jim Houghton, Founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre Company. “We’re honored to be working with Frank Gehry and his team and cannot imagine a more vibrant permanent home for our company. We hope the Signature Center will be a dynamic addition both to the theatre community and the city of New York.”
The 74,000 sq ft space comprises of three theatres, two rehearsal studios and a dynamic, shared lobby that features a café and bookstore, encouraging the intermingling of artists, audiences, and the community. The Signature Center is entered from the sidewalk on 42nd Street under a glass canopy that will protect patrons from the elements and identify the Center with signage. This sculptural design element will give the Center a strong presence and sense of arrival. The street level lobby is compact and visually dominated by a plywood clad stairway that will lead to a gracious upper lobby and then to the three theatres.