AE7 Cov­ered Amp­ithe­atre

Identity - - ID DESIGN AWARDS 2018 - Spon­sor: STYLE Bangkok

De­signed to work in har­mony with its en­vi­ron­ment, this re­mark­able sci-fi-wor­thy am­phithe­atre was in­spired by the for­ma­tion of desert shrubs above the sand dunes, as well as the nat­u­ral ge­om­e­try of desert plant life.

The 350-per­son the­atre will host a va­ri­ety of artis­tic and lyri­cal per­for­mances from across the re­gion and the world within a year-round artis­tic and en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule. It fea­tures a full-screen dis­play, as well as ser­vice rooms and ter­races of vary­ing lev­els that give dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives to the au­di­ence. The stage is topped by an open dome that’s also been in­spired by sand dunes, bring­ing a desert colour to the de­sign and pro­vid­ing a breath-tak­ing sil­hou­ette.

It’s also been de­signed with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind. Util­is­ing open-air/wind cir­cu­la­tion stud­ies, and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the com­par­a­tively dry desert cli­mate, the am­phithe­atre is de­signed to cap­i­talise on pas­sive cool­ing through shad­ing, and op­ti­mal ori­en­ta­tion to­wards pre­vail­ing winds, for nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion.

It also fea­tures shielded LED fix­tures, used on the am­phithe­atre struc­ture, that are Dark Sky-com­pli­ant in or­der to have min­i­mal im­pact on wildlife.

The judges were mes­merised by this project, not­ing how it finds strength in tra­di­tion whilst em­brac­ing a po­etic and fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion, as well as a solid con­nec­tion with, and love of, na­ture.

AE7 team with Sirithep Tangsiri, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, Thai Trade Cen­ter Dubai

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