Flexible Stage System - The New School University Center
A truly multipurpose building, the entire structure is designed for flexibility. The 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors, as well as the 600-bed dormitory, were planned to be capable of easy renovation without impact on power, data, or lighting. Among these innovative building features is an 800-seat, fully convertible auditorium, capable of being completely reconfigured for use as a theatre, lecture hall, fashion runway or performance space within minutes via a touch screen interface.
The auditorium’s unusual configuration flexibility comes from having 8 center-stage lifts, 10 off stage-lifts, 2 motorized ramps and seating wagons, all operating separately. Fitting that many independently moving stage units into the small space makes for a complex design. This design showcases one of the distinct advantages of Serapid’s LinkLift columns - the ability to provide a high trim capacity lift with minimal deflection. Additionally, the center lifts are completely self-guided, allowing for the lifting columns to be placed closely together. When the lifts are in operation, each unit is unaffected by the movement of the next. Download project sheet
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Construction Services: Tishman (AECOM).
Theatre Planning & Design: Fisher Dachs Associates (FDA)
Rigging Contractor: iWeiss
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