2018 THE VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE

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PETERSBOROUGH |

MACDOWELL PERFORMANCE SPACE

Yasmine McBride | ARCH 2010 | Fall 2015

 

The Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is a place where artists, architects, writers, and other creative people can go to retreat from society and work in a peaceful, convivial environment. The performance space focuses on providing a stage and multi-purpose building for shows, practicing, and general gathering. The approach was to first design a single joint and develop it into a system that would guide the building’s form. Small cabins provide single rooms for housing, storage, and other amenities, and create an outdoor public space. This public space can be used to watch performances from a new angle, allowing artistic creativity and flexibility.