This thesis, the Machine for Civic Theatricality, is based on the idea of bringing people closer to the process of theatre-making. The building is an exhibition, performance and creation space where the audience can mix and learn from the professionals whilst also creating a new type of public space in the Central Station and Opera Area of Antwerp.
The Machine for Civic Theatricality is a place which creates active and adaptable spaces for the people of Antwerp. It is a place which can be conceived differently and which could be compartmentalised to deliver different narratives.
The design takes its form from basic thumb rules of stage designing where the main components to be considered are lighting, space, actor and audience.
To become a ‘machine’, the building has to be highly adaptable to respond to various needs of its’ users. The main components are a fly- tower, stage and scene dock- all of which can be seen from outside of the building and accessed by the public. All parts of the building are equipped with kinetic elements which can open/divide/close off spaces, control amount of daylight, improve acoustics and so forth.