BLUE BARN THEATRE + BOXCAR 10 | MIN|DAY

 

AWARDS
AIA CENTRAL STATES DESIGN AWARDS / EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE_HONOR AWARD / 2017

 
 

THE PROJECT

LOCATION             
    OMAHA NEBRASKA
SQUARE FOOTAGE
    13,000 SF
OPENED
    2015  
PHOTOGRAPHY
    PAUL CROSBY

DESIGN ARCHITECT                     
   
 MIN|DAY  |  OMAHA NEBRASKA
THEATRE CONSULTANT
   
FISHER DACHS ASSOCIATES
CONTRACTOR
   
KIEWIT BUILDING GROUP
CIVIL ENGINEER
    EHRHART GRIFFIN & ASSOCIATES
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
    MIN|DAY
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
    SHAFFER & STEVENS
MEP ENGINEER
    MORRISSEY ENGINEERING
ACOUSTICS
    MIDWEST SOUND & LIGHTING INC
                               

 

THE STORY

Conceived as a new arts hub in a rapidly changing district near downtown Omaha, an
experimental theater opens to the city outdoors through a public open space anchored with a mixed-use building. Three related projects share an integrated half-block to transform the
relationship of cultural facilities and public / private space towards a collective urbanism. These are buildings and spaces that will transform through inhabitation. 
 
On a sloping site, the architects combine a 13,000 sf. facility for Blue Barn with Boxcar 10, a
10,000 sf. restaurant / residential building and a 7,500 sf. public open space, owned by the
Theatre. Though designed for separate owners, the projects share a common language and a
unified site strategy including innovative storm water retention / reuse and unconventional
materials. From the onset, the developers and architects envisioned a collective and
collaborative approach to this urban environment embracing the precision programming
required (theater, restaurant, housing…) with a loose approach to team formation and project
resolution (spaces and structures will transform over time). Thus, we held an open competition to select the landscape design team for the open space. For Blue Barn, the architects commissioned 4 artists to develop functional building elements as art works. 
 
Challenged to design a building to theater increase capacity while maintaining the risk-taking ethos of the Blue Barn, our goal is to enact an exciting urban environment out of the highly specific / technical requirements of the theater while promoting programmatic and material improvisation. At the core of the theater is a 1000 sq. ft. stage and 96-seat house, a hybrid of proscenium and black box types. The Blue Barn seeks to mediate the technical and functional demands of a modern theater, a desire for openness and engagement with the city, and the excitement of continual and unpredictable evolution. 

 

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